Turzai Legislation to End the Port Authority Monopoly in Allegheny County Heads to the Governor
HARRISBURG – Legislation eliminating the state-mandated monopoly on transit services in Allegheny County is on its way to the governor for signature, House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) announced today.
The legislation, House Bill 10, will allow private companies or other regional transit systems to deliver transportation services in Allegheny County, while still allowing the Port Authority of Allegheny County to provide services. Under current state law, the Port Authority has the exclusive rights over transit within the county.
“By allowing other transportation agencies to offer services, the people will be far better served,” Turzai said. “Eliminating the transit monopoly is a win-win for taxpayers and transit riders.”
Currently, outside transit companies must apply to the Port Authority for permission to offer routes within the county. House Bill 10 will permit private companies or other regional transit systems to deliver transportation services by eliminating the red tape of requesting permission from the Port Authority.
The bill passed the Senate Tuesday by a vote of 27-21; it passed the House last year by a vote of 116-81. Upon signature of the governor, the bill would take effect in 90 days.
State Representative Mike Turzai
28th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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