Port Authority of Allegheny County

Port Authority Jagoff Posting

Just told some people the other night that this is the kind of stuff the blog started with.

Not much to say other than, in your Professional-driver-Remember-who-the-customer-is-Union-apprenticeship-training, do they teach ya what a curb is and do they explain that those things on each side of the bus are MIRRORS for looking at the traffic behind you and they are NOT just to be used like my daughter uses them – to check her hair!!!!

Did ya used to drive for the Gateway Clipper boats where they KINDA pull in then drop a walkway over to the dock?   Customer Service Hint: Pull over and pick that customer up!!!

It’s No WONDER why I never let a bus merge in front of me when given the chance. I would rather let a 1987 Dodge Aries K car driven by an old guy with a tweed hat with a 50-Year AAA Membership bumper sticker on it drive in front of me.  At least he HAS AN EXCUSE for holding up traffic, YA JAGOFF!!!


It Just Takes One Bus……

Ok… one bad apple doesn’t spoil the whole bunch (insert whatever other cliche you want).  No doubt I have seen some GOOD bus drivers.  BUT, I can pretty much assure that ALL of you have seen this.

So the theory behind buses is that they’re  supposed to create LESS traffic, right?  But, here at the blog, we have ANOTHER theory…it only takes one bus to screw up a whole line of traffic!  You see traffic held up on a main road… you just assume it’s a bus…unless you’re at the Squirrel Hill Tunnels.

Now, just so you know, this bus WAS stopped taking on a passenger when this picture was taken and, while it’s hard to tell, the red car on the right isn’t even close to the bus stop.  Also, you would think that the passenger would LOVE to step up into a bus from the curb as opposed to stepping out into curb-slush and walking out into the middle of the street.  But noooooooooooooo let’s save the power steering fluid for something more difficult… budgets are tight these days!!!

Bus drivers, we know you have it tough… feeling bullied with everyone doing their best to speed around you and cut you off but REALLY???  You can’t pull that thing in any closer to the curb?

Pretty sure that your CUSTOMER would appreciate it if you’d pull over to the side of the road to pick up them up aaaaaaaaaaand….if you do that, the ever-growing line of cars that have been behind you for the last 5 stop lights and 9 bus stops, in which some are male drivers over the age of 65 and have to pee frequently, would be able to go around you and go on about our life’s work, YA JAGOFF!!!

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The North Shore Connector Fail….AGAIN!

Well, sooooo many people (including us) have picked on the underground, 4-stop Pittsburgh subway track that’s called the North Shore Connector.  From the time the project was announced, thru to the day it left a bunch of runners stranded to.. well…we could go on and on… it’s been a topic of many jokes!

Sad to say.. here we go again.  KDKA’s John Shumway ran a story about the North Shore Connector breaking down underneath the river yesterday.  Some people had to walk, from the malfunctioning car,  to the North Side from underneath the river (which we admit might have been kind of cool).  Some excerpts from the the KD piece are:

“We were stuck down there for 45 minutes and the alarms were going off,”

The Port Authority’s Jim Ritchie says the train was stuck because of a mechanical failure, and to add insult to the situation, a false chemical alarm went off at the same time in the Gateway Station.

And the BESTEST one:

“For some reason, the communication to customer service was an hour behind; so they didn’t know for an hour that there was something to tell people waiting at the platform,” Ritchie (Port Authority Spokesperson) added.

(See full article here)

And the funny thing is, in an article about the SAME TOPIC in the “News Paper Whose Name Is Now Banned By Us,” they make it seem like this was no “big duh!”

Port Authority spokesman Jim Ritchie said there was no service from about 9:45  a.m. to 10 a.m., when officials started running a shuttle car back-and-forth on  the outbound tracks. Service was completely restored by 11 a.m.

Mr. Ritchie said delays were minimal and that the trains were about five minutes  off of schedule.

(See full article here)

By the way, one idea we have is to take an extra $200 Billion, Gazillion, Trillion dollars and add glass panels to the underground tunnel.  Then it will be like the “Pittsburgh Zoo Aquarium Indigenous Water Creature And Auto Junkyard” exhibit!!!  Those broken-down-car-walks wouldn’t be so bad!

Back to the original point, we don’t know what TOTALLY happened and we don’t know if people waited over an hour (like in the KDKA piece) or 5-minutes off schedule (like in the News Paper Whose Name Is Now Banned By Us story).  And we know that sometimes stuff breaks down at inopportune times.

But what we also know is.. once again this North Shore is the butt of news stories, stories about poor performance and poor communications to its customers and, HENCELY, a butt of jokes.

We’re asking can someone please, PLEASE, PA-LEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEZE find people to take the jobs at the Port Authority Admin offices, like maybe the dudes that run the H-O train set-up at the Science Center, that actually KNOW HOW TO RUN A TRANSIT SYSTEM, Ya Jagoffs??????