Port Authority confident about Steelers Shuttle service
The Port Authority of Allegheny County says it will be able to serve all of the Steelers Shuttle's anticipated 2,000 riders when Pittsburgh plays the New York Jets in Sunday's AFC Championship Game.
"There is a certain level of emphasis here, division by division, to ensure we have people who will come through and will provide service," said spokesman Jim Ritchie. The Port Authority relies on drivers who volunteer to operate the shuttles in exchange for overtime pay.
Last Saturday, Port Authority had enough drivers for only half of its 28 shuttles for the Steelers' divisional playoff game against the Baltimore Ravens at Heinz Field and could not staff several scheduled routes. The transit agency said it had 40 more call-offs than usual. It is investigating whether disgruntled drivers intentionally tried to disrupt the system. The union denies wrongdoing.
"Ninety-five percent of our drivers are very hard-working and extremely competent," said Port Authority CEO Steve Bland. "That leaves about 5 percent who need improvement."
If the Port Authority doesn't have enough drivers to operate shuttles or buses on regularly scheduled routes, Bland said, it will ask supervisors and managers to fill in.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
- Big plays cost Steelers defense in 43-19 preseason loss at Bills
- Steelers notebook: Tomlin mum on Bryant suspension
- Rossi: Beleaguered Steelers need MVP from Big Ben
- QB Vick hits ground running in debut
- Healthy, confident Steelers LB Shazier ready for full speed ahead
- Steelers rookie receiver Coates learning on the fly
- Steelers won’t change scheme after Pouncey injury
- Steelers notebook: Legursky returns to provide offensive line depth
- Steelers ink QB Vick, new teammates OK with signing
- Despite injuries, Steelers not lobbying for shorter preseason
- Crowd sparse to protest Vick at Steelers’ facility