Get Involved!

Thanks for making your way to this page because we need you involved! Pittsburghers for Public Transit is a grassroots group of transit riders, transit workers, and neighbors who are fighting to defend and expand public transportation in Allegheny County. We organize local campaigns for affordable fares, affordable housing, increased transit service, and expanded transit infrastructure (like bus lanes, bus shelters, benches). We also work hard to keep our local public officials and public agencies accountable to the people they’re supposed to represent. PPT is a project of the Thomas Merton Center, which is a peace and social justice organization that raises questions around the morality of poverty, racism, war, and ecological devastation.

This page is under construction, but below are just a few ways that folks can get plugged into this fight for transit justice. Reach out if you have any questions!

Donate to support PPT’s organizing

It costs money to run an organization like Pittsburghers for Public Transit! We have bills to pay for staff time, office expenses, digital organizing tools, actions, fellowships, events, printing, mailing, and community support. Although we are a project of the Thomas Merton Center, they do not extend any financial support. Help us shoulder these costs help our work grow by making a donation to PPT.

Join us at one of our monthly meetings

PPT Members at Monthly Meeting
Photo of PPT Members around a long table at one of our Monthly Meetings.

Our meetings are open to all. They are held on the second Wednesday of each month at 7pm. We use them to give updates on our campaign work, get input from our membership, and build leadership and organizing skills. We’re not meeting in person until the risks for COVID transmission die down, but we’re still getting together each month on Zoom. Check out our Facebook for a list of upcoming meetings (usually posted around the start of the month).

We know Zoom is not accessible for everyone, so please send us an email if there’s any way we can make our meetings more accessible for you or if you have questions.

Become a PPT Member!

A cornerstone of PPT’s organizing is that we are a democratic organization that is accountable to our members.  PPT Members vote on our organization’s strategic plan and campaign direction. PPT Members also vote on the leaders who join our Board of Directors to represent our organization publically and who are responsible for working with staff to execute the day-to-day operations of our campaigns. 

Our membership is open to everyone. We only ask that members follow the following three steps to join:

  1. PPT members pledge to uplift and support the organization’s Transit Bill of Rights which declares public transit as a human right.
  2. Members of Pittsburghers for Public Transit will share in supporting the organization’s operating budget with an annual contribution of at least $2.75 – the cost of a single Port Authority cash fare – with no one excluded because of inability to pay.
  3. Members of Pittsburghers for Public Transit will help the organization build power by adding their capacity and input to PPT’s campaigns and strategy by serving on a committee, attending monthly meetings, supporting organizing drives, joining rallies, or spreading awareness of our mission.

Send us an email with any questions!

Volunteer with our campaigns

We are running numerous campaigns to win expanded service, lower fares, affordable housing, increased transit funding, and public accountability. You can reach out to Laura Wiens at (703) 424-0854 or email at laura@pittsburghforpublictransit.org for more information on getting involved!

Sign up to speak at a Port Authority board meeting and tell elected officials how important public transit is to you!

You can sign up to speak at a Port Authority Board Meeting here, and find your state elected officials to tell them why bus lines are your lifeline here.

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