50 Baldwin residents came to the community meeting on Wed July 9th to participate in the campaign to restore transit service in the neighborhood. Residents discussed 2 possible routes, and they developed plans for next steps.
One committee is developing a petition campaign. Another is planning to staff a table at Baldwin Community Day on Aug 2nd to get more residents involved in the campaign. A third committee is planning a "walk for transit." Each committee is meeting within the next two weeks.
If you would like to get involved, please contact: email@example.com or call 412-216-9659.
The next large community meeting is Tues, Aug 5th at 7 pm, at the Baldwin Borough Building auditorium, 3344 Churchview Ave.
The Baldwin campaign to restore service is really moving!
On June 27th, 4 Baldwin residents spoke at the
Port Authority board meeting about the need for transit service. Additional
residents were present to show their support. Board Chair Bob Hurley
acknowledged that he had received many letters. See Trib article here.
A delegation of residents met with Port
Authority staff on June 30th. The residents shared their concerns and asked questions
about when and how service could be restored. The staff assured the delegation
that they would consider their request and remain in conversation with residents, but they were unable to promise any
restoration of service at this point.
Please join us for the next community meeting to get more updates on the current campaign and to discuss next steps:
Did you miss our community meeting in Baldwin last night, but still want to be clued into the campaign?
Or, do you want to share some of the materials we distributed with friends, family, and neighbors?
Now you can!
Seventy residents met last night and agreed to two immediate plans of action:
1) A letter-writing campaign to transit decision-makers, including our County Executive and the Port Authority's CEO and Chair of the Board (please send one or three by July 1!) For tips, contact information, and a sample letter, see PPT's handout about Writing a Letter to Transit Decisionmakers. 2) Participating in the public comment period at Port Authority board meetings to publicly express concerns about the lack of transit in the borough (the next one is Friday, June 27 at 9:30AM at 345 Sixth Ave in Downtown Pittsburgh, and you have to register at least a week in advance) Read all the information in PPT's handout about Speaking at a Port Authority Board Meeting.
We are also always collecting more surveys to share with the Port Authority about the transit needs of Baldwin - if you haven't already, fill one out at our "Community Surveys" tab!
PPT will be helping to facilitate a community meeting with the residents of Baldwin to talk about the borough's transit needs and steps that can be taken to help improve and restore service. See all the details below and help us to publicize by distributing the attached poster to your friends and neighbors!
Community Meeting on Transit in Baldwin WHEN: Wednesday, June 18 at 7:00PM WHERE: The Baldwin Borough Building (3344 Churchview Ave, Pittsburgh PA 15227)
On Tuesday, May 20, members of PPT and the ATU's Local 85 joined transit supporters from around the country in our nation's capitol to call for federal transportation funding. The rally and lobby day was organized by the Amalgamated Transit Union and the Transit Workers' Union as a part of their Transit Action Month campaign.
Speakers at the rally included elected and union officials, Rev. Al Sharpton, and PPT's own Alicia Williamson, who shared our Transit Bill of Rights and the scoop on how we mobilized thousands of riders, workers, and supporters around it in order to help get a comprehensive transportation funding bill passed in Pennsylvania last fall in spite of some pretty significant political obstacles. "Which just goes to show," she said, "that an organized ridership working in solidarity with organized labor GETS THE GOODS. Workers fighting together get the goods. We did it in Harrisburg; we can do it here." She also thanked the ATU for "being a union that makes things happen, for making our transit systems better and safer and more equitable, and especially for helping to bring riders and drivers together to fight for what's right because we're not just workers and customers in a business, we're co-owners in a public service that benefits everyone whether or not you ride." PPT was proud to stand with the ATU to call for more public support and funding for public mass transit. Most importantly, Transit Action Month has helped us build
communities and coalitions to improve OUR transit system. Fix it. Fund
it. Make it fair!
Ready to Rally! PPT and ATU members at Union Station
PPT communications manager Alicia at the podium, speaking for PPT (above)
ATU & PPT member Mike Harms with PPT organizer Molly Nichols and ATU International's President Larry Hanley (wearing a PPT button!) (below)