Saccone Says Breakup of Port Authority Mass Transit Monopoly is Good News for Out of Options Clairton Bus Riders
HARRISBURG – State Representative Rick Saccone (R-Allegheny/Washington) announced today that legislation he co-sponsored (House Bill 10) to break up the Allegheny Port Authority Mass Transit monopoly has been sent to the governor’s desk for signature.
“The pending demise of the Allegheny Port Authority’s mass transit monopoly is good news for my legislative district, especially for the out-of-options residents of Clairton whose job security and other transportation needs continue to be held hostage in an attempt to wring more money from state taxpayers,” said Saccone. “Rather than strategically calculated service reductions to the highest traffic commuter routes to guarantee increased government spending, House Bill 10 puts the numerous constituent demands for improving mass transit efficiency and delivering maximum commuter value into legislative statute.”
House Bill 10 promotes mass transit competition throughout Allegheny County by transferring regulation of private companies and other regional transit systems to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC). Under current state law, the Port Authority has the exclusive rights over transit within the county. Once approved by the PUC, private mass transit agencies can operate within Southwestern Pennsylvania without experiencing the unnecessary costs and time delay of waiting for additional permission from the Port Authority.
“Best of all, House Bill 10 places free market competition back in the drivers’ seat throughout the Mon Valley,” said Saccone. “This is what my constituents told me they wanted and we delivered it.”
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State Representative Rick Saccone
39th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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