Officials consider transit consolidations
PITTSBURGH – Some southwestern Pennsylvania officials are broaching the idea of consolidating the region’s 10 transit agencies into one, arguing that such efforts could save taxpayers millions.
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review said Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald told state lawmakers last week that 30 percent of downtown Pittsburgh workers live outside the county, while many county residents work and shop in Butler or Washington counties.
A study last fall predicted that combining operations of five transit agencies and two county transportation departments in south-central Pennsylvania could net $24 million in savings in seven years.
Gov. Tom Corbett’s budget proposal would provide money to transit agencies that look at such consolidations.