Pittsburghers for Public Transit is a grassroots union of transit riders, workers and neighbors. Together we organize for an expanded, affordable and accessible public transit system that meets all needs, with no communities left behind.
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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 […]
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 […]
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