EMTA construction leaves drivers looking for parking spots

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ERIE, Pa. — Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority bus drivers will be losing their parking lot once construction resumes on EMTA’s multi-million dollar expansion.

EMTA drivers said that even though the construction project has been years in the planning, drivers were only notified Wednesday that the lot they park in will be closed to everyone.

Roughly 200 drivers and mechanics park in a large lot near the EMTA bus garage on East 14th Street between French and Holland streets. The large lot is closing Monday.

According to several drivers at ETMA, a letter from management went up Wednesday all around the garage basically telling drivers the lot will be off limits for construction starting Monday and to find an alternate place to park.

Drivers are concerned because of the lack of parking in the area.

“For us, it’s a safety issue,” Union Local 568 President John Renwick said. “You are going to have drivers who are getting off at 11 o’clock at night, 12 o’clock at night, 1 o’clock in the morning. Drivers who come in at 3 o’clock in the morning so if they have to park somewhere else and walk into these neighborhoods without any security.”

Calls to the EMTA administration and the executive director were not returned for comment.

Renwick said drivers are instructed to park at the Intermodal Transportation Center on Erie’s bayfront and take the bus to work. However, Renwick posed the question: Who is behind the wheel?   

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