We're in the home stretch before the Harrisburg rally on June 4th in support of public transit funding legislation. Please join us for our General Membership meeting on Saturday at 10 am at One Smithfield in the Human Services Building. Help us plan how to fill the buses to rumble the rotunda!
Here's the agenda:
1. Harrisburg rally planning
2. Petition drive: upcoming signature collection events
3. Transit Tales story recording - sign up to tell your own experiences of our public transit system
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Monday, May 13, 2013
You can help us keep the pressure on our government officials to stop the cuts and create more, better, and cheaper public transportation by joining PPT and our coalition partners statewide to Rumble the Rotunda in Harrisburg on June 4! Register today by clicking on the "Rally Registration" in our top menu.
Even if you can't make the rally, you can still aid in our efforts by signing onto the Transit Bill of Rights Petition and getting your friends and family, neighbors and coworkers to do the same! You can easily do so right now online by clicking on the above tab. More transit, not less!
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Monday, May 6, 2013
To draw attention to this crucial public infrastructure, both the Pittsburgh City Council and Allegheny County Council will be proclaiming May 9th to be Transit Day!
To celebrate our public transit system, Josh Verbanets of local band Meeting of Important People will rock Market Square at noon on May 9th, along with GoBurgh, Pittsburghers for Public Transit, the ATU, the Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network, the Committee for Accessible Transit and many other coalition partner community organizations and businesses.
Speakers will include County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, ATU Local 85 President Steve Palonis, and State Senators Jay Costa (D) and Randy Vulakovich (R).
GoBurgh and Pittsburghers for Public Transit invite all transit supporters to join us for music and rally to call on all our elected officials at both local and state levels to support the public transit so crucial to the health of our communities!
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Tuesday, April 23, 2013
On May 5th, from 2-5pm, we're having an art party at Assemble, 5125 Penn Ave, to make creative signs and a fleet of cardboard buses to rumble through the Capitol Rotunda during our big June rally in Harrisburg in support of public transit.
Even if you can't come to the rally, you can make a visual splash in support of public transit!
Assemble (art + technology space) and Pittsburghers for Public Transit will offer paints, markers, crayons, glitter, scissors, glue, poster board and all sorts of other goodies. On May 5th, please do bring your own creative ideas to 5125 Penn Ave, right next to the Merton Center on Saturday, Feb. 9th from 1-4pm.
Everybody of all ages is welcome as long as they want to help keep our buses rolling! And there will be pizza from Spaks, too!
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Friday, April 19, 2013
Pittsburghers for Public Transit is working with a broad local and statewide coalition of organizations to build support for legislation which will provide far more funding for public transportation than the Governor's plan.
You're invited to learn about our projects and campaigns and how you can contribute your talents, experience and expertise based on your own interests and concerns for public transit. Please join us at our General Membership meeting this Saturday, from 10-11:30 am at the Allegheny County Human Services Building, One Smithfield in the Liberty Conference Room, in downtown Pittsburgh.
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Saturday, April 6, 2013
|You're invited to join your fellow Pittsburghers for fun, interactive training with drivers, riders and other transit supporters who want to learn more about the transit crisis and how they can help win dedicated funding for public transit. Register here. |
April 14th from 2-4 pm at One Smithfield St in the Allegheny County Human Services Building
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Thursday, March 21, 2013
Pittsburghers for Public Transit continues to call for the equitable distribution of public transit costs with corporations paying their fair share. UPMC has long acted far more like a corporation than a charitable organization, failing to meet the criteria for their tax-exempt status by placing their own bottom line profits above the needs of their community, their workers and their patients.
As PPT member Molly Nichols of Bloomfield has publicly testified, “UPMC is one of the largest employers and landowners in the region…It is heavily dependent on public services like transit; nearly 5% of all Port Authority rides are to medical appointments… UPMC needs to start living up to its tax-free status by contributing to the community… They insist that “at the heart of all we do is you,” but when the service cuts were proposed last year, UPMC told its workers to ride a bike or take a cab to work. Cab and limousine service may be feasible for Jeffrey Romoff and his 6 million dollar salary but not for most residents of our county.”
With 55,000 employees, UPMC is the biggest private employer in Pennsylvania, yet many UPMC workers depend on public assistance to survive because they are not paid living wages. UPMC is the largest real-estate owner in Allegheny County and made $1billion in profit in the last two years, with $3.9 billion in reserve funds according to their own first fiscal report for 2013. Yet UPMC has spent hundreds of thousands of advertising dollars to represent itself as a charity to avoid paying real estate or payroll taxes.
UPMC is profiting off of our needs while violating the labor rights of its employees and failing to contribute their fair share towards public infrastructure like transit. If UPMC is going to remain a charity, then this has to change. We need UPMC to step up and give back more to our community. We call on our elected officials to stand strong and hold UPMC accountable. PPT calls on whoever is elected to lead our City as the next Mayor to continue the lawsuit and make sure this challenge is resolved successfully.
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