Allegheny County

Port Authority offering free rides through Sunday due to staffing shortages, cancelled routes

PITTSBURGH — The Port Authority of Allegheny County announced on Tuesday it will be providing free rides on all vehicles to acknowledge the challenges riders are facing with staffing shortages and cancelled routes.

In a release from the Port Authority, the agency said about 180 operators and 480 total employees will be held off work beginning March 16 for violating the COVID-19 vaccination requirement.

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The company also said a portion of its employees are expected to return to work within two weeks, but service disruptions are expected to continue.

The Port Authority said anyone who bought and began a 7-day or 31-day pass, whether directly through them or a third-party retailer, will receive a complimentary 7-day pass. Those riders are encouraged to bring their ConnecTix to the Downtown Customer Service Center beginning on Monday.