DePasquale to audit Port Authority of Allegheny County

DePasquale to audit Port Authority of Allegheny County

Author: Stephen Caruso/Friday, March 2, 2018/Categories: News and Views, Pittsburgh

Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale announced an audit of the Port Authority of Allegheny County Friday.

“Through this audit my team will review the Port Authority’s operation and, if necessary, make recommendations to improve how it can better support the growing economy in greater Pittsburgh,” DePasquale said in a release.

The report will focus specifically on the authority’s hiring practices for police officers and drivers, as well as how the Port Authority manages its service routes.

A spokesperson for the auditor clarified that “the auditor general wants to make sure the routes that the authority has are properly serving the people who need it.”

This will be the auditor’s first look at the authority since 2014, when an audit found issues with the authority’s contracting and procurement. Auditors will also follow up on that last report and look for compliance.

“We welcome the auditor general’s audit and look forward to receiving his recommendations to support the continued improvement of our transit system,” a Port Authority spokesperson said.

The authority is in a period of change with a new CEO, Katharine Eagan Kelleman, hired late last year and plans for a over $200 million project to increase transit in Pittsburgh’s East End underway.

Laura Wiens, director of Pittsburghers for Public Transit, a local transportation advocacy group, said her main concern for the audit was for bus routes to be judged not for the sheer number of passengers but by the people served by a certain bus.

“An audit coming from the state might look at ridership, but not look at need,” Wiens said.