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What the Port Authority Faces: Budget Crises

by Alicia Wlliamson photo by Dawn Jackman-Biery Port Authority Transit’s budget comes from a variety of sources at the city, county, state, and federal levels and its levels of funding is inconsistent. PAT has direct control over some financial cost variables like fares, employment and route efficiency, but are operating expenses that they cannot control, […]

Keep Pittsburgh Green, and Make It Greener

by Alicia Williamson photo by Dawn Jackman-Biery Pittsburgh is trying to establish itself as a “green city,” leading the way in innovative environmentally-friendly jobs, technologies, and policies. Cuts to public transit would be a major step in the wrong direction. The Federal Transportation Administration and Environmental Protection Agency’s 2010 study of mass transit and climate […]

Elizabeth Miller’s Story

Elizabeth is a Port Authority bus driver facing layoff. “I have been working for Port Authority for almost 2 years I received my furlough paperwork in January telling me that my last day of work would be March 26. I am a single mother of two girls ages 14 and 10. I have been working […]

Dan Horgan’s Story

Dan lives in Bloomfield and works at the airport. It takes him two buses to get to work.It’s pretty convenient to use public transportation to get to work, especially financially. Some people can’t afford to drive all the time and gas prices are going up. “What I’ve always understood about public transit is that it […]

Connie Muldrow’s Story

Connie Muldrow, age 68, lives in senior citizen housing in the Hill District. The Hill District lost most of its transit service last September. “We the elderly of the Hill District need public transportation. From Sugar Top down to Bedford Avenue and Center Avenue, transportation is needed very urgently. We have three high rises up […]

Anne Hodapp’s Story

Anne Hodapp is a single mother who lives in Pitcairn, a small borough just a few miles south of Monroeville. Her 10-year-old daughter has several disabilities and has seizures, but ACCESS has said she is not disabled enough to qualify for their door-to-door transport service for seniors and the disabled. The Port Authority has announced […]

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