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(audio) unions and cittizens rally to save pittsburgh transit
by v incent / blast furnace radio Saturday, Jun. 02, 2007 at 5:44 AM
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more transit cuts could be voted on at june 22 meeting

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More transit cuts could be voted on at June 22 meeting

Saturday, May 26, 2007
By Joe Grata, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Chief Executive Officer Steve Bland said the nine-member Port Authority board could vote on another round of service cuts June 22, the date of its next monthly meeting.

That's also when the board is to consider a 2007-08 fiscal year operating budget that currently projects a $50 million deficit, even with a January fare increase and 15 percent cuts in bus-trolley service effective June 17, only five days before more big decisions are to be made.

Mr. Bland yesterday hinted that further changes may not be as extensive as 10 percent or be implemented on Sept. 2 as announced earlier this year, "because the budget is performing better, and we need time to analyze the impacts of the June 17 cuts."

He said the authority "doesn't want to back itself into a corner" and commit itself to irreversible service cuts and corresponding ridership losses "in case something happens" to alter its financial crisis.

Transit's future has become as much of a wait-and-see situation for riders as a political cat-and-mouse game at the state level.

Gov. Ed Rendell made an unprecedented appearance at Thursday's board meeting of the Philadephia-based Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, which is facing a $129 million 2007-08 budget deficit.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported in yesterday's editions that Mr. Rendell made an impassioned plea for the 15-member SEPTA board to lobby state legislators to approve his proposed 6.17 percent tax on oil company profits to provide dedicated funding for mass transit, or any plan that provides at least $700 million a year.

"Don't settle or you're blowing our best opportunity to solve the issue," Mr. Rendell said. "Don't let them buy you off for 12 pieces of silver."

SEPTA's board delayed approving a modest fare increase for at least a month and September changes that would mean even higher fares, cutting service by 20 percent and eliminating 1,000 jobs.

The Port Authority has not finalized a fare proposal. It is considering a $2 flat fare that does away with zones or raising the $1.75 base fare to $2.50 and keeping the zones.

Mr. Bland said he and the staff will discuss options at meetings with the board's finance committee prior to June 22.

In other matters at yesterday's monthly meeting:

Mr. Bland said a policy about issuing permits to elected and appointed officials allowing them to travel 20 miles of authority-owned busways will be reviewed internally. The matter was raised after the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported yesterday that former authority board chairman and county chief executive Jim Roddey still holds a permit and drives on the Martin Luther King Jr. East Busway although he's now a private citizen.

"The busways are first and foremost a public transportation facility and that integrity has to be maintained," Mr. Bland said.

The board learned 4,000 people visited the authority's Web site, http://www.portauthority.org, within the first 24 hours after timetables became available online Monday in pdf files for the June 17 service changes. Printed timetables should be available at schedule racks by late next week.

The board authorized a permit for Transportation Solutions Inc. to provide shuttle services for employees between private parking lots and medical facilities, including UPMC Presbyterian, the Falk Clinic, Children's Hospital and UPMC Passavant.

(Joe Grata can be reached at jgrata@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1985. )
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More transit cuts could be voted on at June 22 meeting

Saturday, May 26, 2007
By Joe Grata, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Chief Executive Officer Steve Bland said the nine-member Port Authority board could vote on another round of service cuts June 22, the date of its next monthly meeting.

That's also when the board is to consider a 2007-08 fiscal year operating budget that currently projects a $50 million deficit, even with a January fare increase and 15 percent cuts in bus-trolley service effective June 17, only five days before more big decisions are to be made.

Mr. Bland yesterday hinted that further changes may not be as extensive as 10 percent or be implemented on Sept. 2 as announced earlier this year, "because the budget is performing better, and we need time to analyze the impacts of the June 17 cuts."

He said the authority "doesn't want to back itself into a corner" and commit itself to irreversible service cuts and corresponding ridership losses "in case something happens" to alter its financial crisis.

Transit's future has become as much of a wait-and-see situation for riders as a political cat-and-mouse game at the state level.

Gov. Ed Rendell made an unprecedented appearance at Thursday's board meeting of the Philadephia-based Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, which is facing a $129 million 2007-08 budget deficit.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported in yesterday's editions that Mr. Rendell made an impassioned plea for the 15-member SEPTA board to lobby state legislators to approve his proposed 6.17 percent tax on oil company profits to provide dedicated funding for mass transit, or any plan that provides at least $700 million a year.

"Don't settle or you're blowing our best opportunity to solve the issue," Mr. Rendell said. "Don't let them buy you off for 12 pieces of silver."

SEPTA's board delayed approving a modest fare increase for at least a month and September changes that would mean even higher fares, cutting service by 20 percent and eliminating 1,000 jobs.

The Port Authority has not finalized a fare proposal. It is considering a $2 flat fare that does away with zones or raising the $1.75 base fare to $2.50 and keeping the zones.

Mr. Bland said he and the staff will discuss options at meetings with the board's finance committee prior to June 22.

In other matters at yesterday's monthly meeting:

Mr. Bland said a policy about issuing permits to elected and appointed officials allowing them to travel 20 miles of authority-owned busways will be reviewed internally. The matter was raised after the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported yesterday that former authority board chairman and county chief executive Jim Roddey still holds a permit and drives on the Martin Luther King Jr. East Busway although he's now a private citizen.

"The busways are first and foremost a public transportation facility and that integrity has to be maintained," Mr. Bland said.

The board learned 4,000 people visited the authority's Web site, http://www.portauthority.org, within the first 24 hours after timetables became available online Monday in pdf files for the June 17 service changes. Printed timetables should be available at schedule racks by late next week.

The board authorized a permit for Transportation Solutions Inc. to provide shuttle services for employees between private parking lots and medical facilities, including UPMC Presbyterian, the Falk Clinic, Children's Hospital and UPMC Passavant.

(Joe Grata can be reached at jgrata@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1985.


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