Rental Tax Hike Takes Effect in Pa.

Fare hikes, a controversial drink tax and an additional levy on rental cars all recently kicked in to provide more money for a cash-strapped public transit system in Allegheny County, Pa., the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports.

A car rental tax, already $2 a day since 1991 for the state's Public Transit Assistance Fund, was doubled in Allegheny County only, with the extra $2 earmarked for the county treasury.

The cash fare for Port Authority bus, trolley and incline rides went up a quarter, to $2 for a one-way, Zone 1 trip, starting at 12:01 a.m. Other fare hikes proposed a year ago and approved in November went into effect as well.

And about 2,000 bars, clubs and restaurants with liquor licenses were to begin collecting a bitterly contested 10 percent tax on alcoholic beverages including six-packs of take-out beer.

According to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, the car rental and drink levies are expected to generate $30 million a year, money to subsidize the Port Authority in lieu of county property taxes that have been used since 1964, when the transit system began operating as a quasi-government entity.

Comment On This Story

Name:  
Email:  
Comment: (Max. 10000 characters)  
Please leave blank:
* Please note that every comment is moderated.

 
 

Newsletter: Sign up to receive latest news, articles, and much more.

Read the latest

Auto Focus Blog: A blog covering fleets, auto rental and the business of cars

6 Takeaways from the 2018 International Car Rental Show

Technological solutions are finally moving from reality to theory, peer-to-peer platforms are being redefined, China has the biggest room for growth, while Sixt’s U.S. aspirations have only just begun.

The Irony of Customer Service in the Digital Age

Sure, any company would jump at the chance to use technology to reduce labor costs. But it also comes with some big, red, flashing warning lights.

Market Forces Driving Car Rental in 2018

An analysis of the conference calls of Avis Budget Group and Hertz Global Holdings reveal trends and initiatives involving fleet right sizing, pricing, ancillary revenue opportunities, and renting to ride-hailing drivers.

Job Finder: Access Top Talent. Fill Key Positions.

>