Riders are speaking out! Changes to the 61s, 71s and other routes have caused worse access. RSVP to join us and testify to the PRT board.
BRT improvements should make our transit access better, not set us back. We want PRT to reverse the changes!
To accommodate the new Bus Rapid Transit (BRT, for short) project between Downtown and Oakland, new route changes rolled out on October 1. The service changes proved to be what transit riders and workers expressly warned PRT about in September 2023 – they have made accessing destinations harder, not easier.
The 61D, 71A, 71C, and 71D now terminate in Oakland, forcing those riders going downtown to transfer. The 61s and 71s have become less useful for regular riders, and people are still experiencing being passed up by full buses the closer they are to Downtown. Additionally, riders have lost direct access to medical facilities, including UPMC Mercy, PPG Paints Arena, schools, and social service providers located downtown.
Check out our blog to recap the changes that happened on October 1st. If you are impacted by the changes, please share your story with fellow transit advocates by filling out our Transit Troubles form, and join us at the PRT board meeting downtown, on October 27.