The Port Authority of Allegheny County needs to get very proactive very soon on running buses on time. I understand accidents, traffic and construction lend to delays, but on an average day, the buses are late for no apparent reason.
The bus I ride in the morning is constantly late. The Tuesday after the Martin Luther King holiday the bus was so late that the one 15 minutes behind us was tailgating us. And once the bus driver got onto Ohio River Boulevard, the bus behind us (which was on schedule) smoked us and got into Downtown before the late bus.
However, on Jan. 27, the bus was three minutes early and smoked me as I was one block away. Instead of stopping and remaining on schedule the bus driver kept running ahead of schedule, and I’m sure many other riders who thought that they were getting to their stops on time got left in the wind and snow.
Taking this bus out of Downtown is another joke. I wait for the bus at the second outbound stop, and I have no idea how it takes a bus driver seven minutes to drive five blocks — from the first stop to the second stop … at 4 p.m., not the 5 p.m. rush-hour madness.
And don’t even get me started about the speed limit. Some of the bus drivers do the speed limit, others go under the speed limit and then I love the ones who exceed the speed limit.
The Port Authority needs a full audit from top to bottom — I mean this sincerely. I hope one day one of its white-collar execs takes a bus ride. I’m a white-collar exec and it is a miserable experience with no accountability from any senior leadership at the Port Authority. Now the Port Authority is proposing stops around the city versus going through the city. How about just getting in and out of the city on time?