06 Jun '12, 8pm

Jobs taking the last bus out of Pittsburgh

Jobs taking the last bus out of Pittsburgh

Bill Griffin manages a call center in Pittsburgh. He’d planned on expanding his business, adding 150 jobs. He didn’t. The Port Authority of Allegheny County plans to cut 46 of its 102 bus lines in September, while raising fares by about 10% to 15%, to help close a $64 million budget gap. The fare increase and historic service cuts have drawn fire not only from angry commuters but also from business groups, which want the state to help out. Republican Gov. Tom Corbett says the transit agency needs to put its fiscal house in order first. More than half of DialAmerica’s 300 Pittsburgh employees travel to work on a bus line slated for elimination, said Mr. Griffin, a vice president. “When we moved into this complex, the No. 1 consideration was to be near a public-transportation line,” he said. Public transport plays a central role in local economies, but tight budgets and heft...

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