You’re an expert in public transit, and you know how to make it better.
Bus running late?
Any input on fares?
Got a favorite bus driver?
Leave your questions in the comments below this facebook video and we’ll get you answers from members of the Port Authority Board. If you ride public transit, then you’re an expert and your vision needs to be voiced.
What’s the Port Authority Board and what do they do?
They’re a group of 11 political appointees who make final decisions on the annual Port Authority budget and approve all large spending projects PAAC undertakes. They also choose the CEO, and this is important because the CEO hires a management team whose job it is to figure out how to provide reliable service, gather necessary funding, and end up with a balanced budget each year.
If the management team can’t balance the budget, they usually reduce service before taking pay cuts or reducing their own staff, and this can lead to huge inconveniences for riders, but you can let the board know how these things affect you. Many of the existing board members don’t ride transit and need to know what riders experience on and off the bus.
This is the first time that Pittsburghers for Public Transit has ever reached out to invite board members to ride the bus with us. We’re doing it because they need to see the importance of the Riders Vision for Public Transit, and hear and what riders go through day to day – difficulty reaching CONNECTCard machines, paying for transfers, poor sidewalks, complicated connections, and more.
Voice your questions in the comments of this Facebook video and we will take them with us on our ride.