View mobile site
Follow us on
Monday, March 10, 2014 | 12:50 p.m.
Hi, (not you?) | Member Center | Sign Out
Sign In | Register
Updated: 6:58 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 | Posted: 3:07 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014
Nearly 300 city of Pittsburgh employees have a special pass that allows them to park at any meter without paying.
Target 11 investigator Rick Earle has learned that Mayor Bill Peduto plans to eliminate many of those passes.
Target 11 first exposed these parking passes about five years ago, and on Wednesday, Earle found out the new administration says the perk is costing the city more than $1 million.
“The allegations I’ve heard is they were just handed out like candy,” said Kevin Acklin, Peduto’s chief of staff.
The practice of parking at any meter for free began more than a decade ago, and started with only 30 passes.
“It’s completely been abused, and it’s something that Mayor Peduto wants to correct,” Acklin said. “It’s offensive to a city that is making a recovery from financial receivership.”
City Council member Theresa Kail-Smith has one of the passes, but said she rarely uses it.
“I agree that there are too many,” Kail-Smith said.
Kail-Smith said she believes the passes should be closely monitored, and employees should be required to sign them out.
“If they were on an as-needed basis and signed out, they may be more effective and more cost-effective for city residents,” Kail-Smith.
© 2014 Cox Media Group. By using this website,
Already have an account? Sign In
We have sent you a confirmation email. Please check your email and click on the link to activate your account.
We look forward to seeing you frequently. Visit us and sign in to update your profile, receive the latest news and keep up to date with mobile alerts.
Don't worry, it happens. We'll send you a link to create a new password.
We have sent you an email with a link to change your password.
We've sent an email with instructions to create a new password. Your existing password has not been changed.
To sign in you must verify your email address. Fill out the form below and we'll send you an email to verify.
Check your email for a link to verify your email address.