Turzai, Mustio Introduce Legislation to End Port Authority Monopoly in Allegheny County
4/25/2011

Legislation to eliminate a state-mandated monopoly on transit services in Allegheny County has been introduced by House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) and Rep. Mark Mustio (R-Allegheny).

 

Under current state law, the Port Authority of Allegheny County has the exclusive rights over transit within the county. 

 

“To best serve Allegheny County, it is necessary to completely eliminate the transit monopoly and allow for private companies or regional transit services,” Turzai said.  “Competition will create greater efficiency and will offer more transportation options to county residents.  This is a win-win for taxpayers and transit riders.”


“It’s time for Allegheny County commuters to have choices,” Mustio said.  “For too long county residents have had limited, and in some cases no, public transit options.  Doing away with the monopoly will expand the transit options for those individuals living in Allegheny County.” 

 

Currently, outside transit companies must apply to the Port Authority for permission to offer routes within the county.  This legislation, House Bill 10, will permit private companies or other regional transit systems to be able to deliver transportation services by eliminating the red tape of requesting permission from the Port Authority. 

 

The legislation currently has 45 co-sponsors.

 

State Representative Mike Turzai

28th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact:  Tricia Graham

tgraham@pahousegop.com
717.260.6296
RepTurzai.com

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