Pa. transportation officials weigh request on transit-driver overtime

05/6/2013 | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is expected to decide this month whether transit drivers with the Port Authority of Allegheny County and the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority can be exempt from a law limiting drivers' hours. Last year, 79 Port Authority drivers were paid $80,000 or more, and 14 made at least $100,000, thanks to overtime pay, according to this article. The transit agencies say it would cost millions to hire enough drivers to meet the requirements of the law. They are "unaware of any evidence" that an exemption "presents any substantial risk to public safety," lawyer Robert Hawkins says.

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