Appeals, No. 78, March T., 1962, and Nos. 18 and 19, April T., 1962, from order of Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, No. 70500, Folder 2, Am-J, in case of Gradison Auto Bus Company, Inc. v. Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, and Airlines Transportation Company et al. v. Same. Order amended and, as amended, affirmed.
Robert H. Griswold, with him McNees, Wallace & Nurick, for protestant, appellant.
David J. Armstrong, with him Dickie, McCamey, Chilcote & Robinson, for protestants, appellants.
Thomas C. Zerbe, Jr., Assistant Counsel, with him James G. Hanes, Assistant Counsel, and Joseph I. Lewis, Chief Counsel, for Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, appellee.
Frederick L. Kiger, with him David M. Janavitz, for applicant, intervening appellee.
Before Rhodes, P.j., Ervin, Wright, Woodside, Watkins, Montgomery, and Flood, JJ.
[ 199 Pa. Super. Page 304]
This appeal from an order of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission involves the right of the Shafer Coach Lines, Inc. to operate buses as a common carrier over the Airport Parkway between Pittsburgh and the Greater Pittsburgh Airport.
The commission, after application and hearing, granted Shafer this right over the protests of Gradison Auto Bus Company, Inc., The Yellow Cab Company of Pittsburgh and the Airlines Transportation Company, all of which now have authority to operate over the same route. The three protestants appealed.
[ 199 Pa. Super. Page 305]
The issue before us is the sufficiency of the evidence to support the commission's order. The Airport Parkway is a four lane limited-access highway extending from the City of Pittsburgh to the Greater Pittsburgh Airport. The Yellow Cab Company of Pittsburgh operates taxicabs over the parkway between the airport and points in Pittsburgh. Airlines Transportation Company operates six limousines and twelve buses, equipped for carrying baggage, over the parkway between the airport and several hotels in the downtown area of Pittsburgh and Webster Hall in the Oakland area. Gradison operates a typical bus service between the airport and Pittsburgh. Its business became so unprofitable that it discontinued its service in January 1960, but reinstated its service after Shafer filed the application in this case.
Shafer operates a bus service between Aliquippa and Pittsburgh along the Ohio River through Coraopolis and McKees Rocks. It also operates a bus line between the Greater Pittsburgh Airport and Coraopolis, serving a part of Moon Township, a rapidly growing community in the immediate vicinity of the airport. Shafer can thus ...