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Pittsburgh port authority to slash service in March


Last week, the Port Authority of Allegheny County board approved the largest service reduction in the transit agency’s history to “offset the collapse of Pennsylvania’s transportation funding mechanism,” according to a prepared statement.

In March, the agency plans to eliminate 35 percent of its light-rail and bus service, as well as reduce stops and trim weekend service on some routes. In addition, the port authority plans to raise fares and eliminate more than 500 jobs in January.

Pennsylvania transit agencies receive funding through Act 44, the state’s transportation funding law that was approved in 2007. But this year, the state is not providing transit agencies with the full amount of money available under the law, according to the port authority.

“While we continue to seek potential solutions with our state leaders, we now fear the worst and have to assume they will not act in time to address this issue,” said Port Authority Chief Executive Officer Steve Bland.

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