Public Transit Fare Hikes and Service Cuts coming soon

Public Transit Fare Hikes, Service Cuts and Lay-Offs to start on February 1st

The battle to save Allegheny County public transit reached a climax today, Thursday, December 16th, when the Port Authority Board of Directors met to decide how it would resolve the $75 million dollar shortfall in its 2004 and 2005 fiscal year budgets. As many as 130 public transit riders and their supporters packed the Port Authority Board room in Downtown Pittsburgh to hear the long awaited decision.

In the end, the Port Authority board settled on a two-phase proposal that will ultimately raise fares to $2.50, cut service in dozens of routes, limit night-time and weekend service in others, and lay-off 500 employees "on or around" July 1, 2005.

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