Governor Signs Turzai Legislation Ending Port Authority Monopoly in Allegheny County
HARRISBURG – Legislation eliminating the state-mandated monopoly on transit services in Allegheny County has been signed into law by the governor today, House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) announced.
The legislation, House Bill 10, will allow private companies or other regional transit systems to deliver transportation services in the 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.
“Now, busses already rolling through Allegheny County neighborhoods will be able to stop and pick up passengers,” Turzai said. “It’s really a no-brainer, as the Port Authority cuts off more and more service, the other transportation agencies can easily pick up the slack now that they allowed.”
Currently, outside transit companies must apply to the Port Authority for permission to offer routes within the county. The newly signed law 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.
State Representative Mike Turzai
28th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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