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Dear Supporter,   Thank you for visiting Pittsburghers for Public Transit’s site!  We’re excited that you want to join us in the fight to protect and expand Pittsburgh’s public transit system. Here’s how you can help!    ·         Come to a PPT meeting!  They are open to all and anyone with an opinion or idea […]

ALERT! County Council Meeting on Transit 3/30, 4pm Rally!

To All Activists: On Wednesday 3/30/2011 (tomorrow) Jim Burn President of Allegheny County Council will be holding a special session of Council at 5:00 pm. We need everyone who can make it in such short notice to come to Grant street in front of the County Courthouse Tomorrow AT 4:00 PM to show we are […]

The Union Makes Pittsburgh Transit Better

by Jonah McAllister-Erickson The Amalgamated Transit Union is a crucial part of the solution Pittsburgh transportation crisis. It is because of the ATU — not in spite of it — that Pittsburgh has a safe and reliable mass transit system. It is because of the union that the women and men who clean, drive, and […]

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 […]