Port Authority of Allegheny County http://wesa.fm en Alternative Fuel Car Rebates Extended http://wesa.fm/post/alternative-fuel-car-rebates-extended <p>Electric cars have come a long way from having short ranges, and a wimpy top speed of 40 miles per hour. Now many electric cars can go upwards of 130mph, have a range of 250 miles, and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is trying to get more motorists to purchase one.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:48:26 +0000 Jess Lasky 33337 at http://wesa.fm Port Authority Diverts Funds to Study Bus Rapid Transit Line http://wesa.fm/post/port-authority-diverts-funds-study-bus-rapid-transit-line <p>The Port Authority of Allegheny County approved shifting $1.56 million dollars from its capital budget to add to the amount needed to study a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line between downtown Pittsburgh and Oakland.</p><p>Port Authority Chairman Bob Hurley said an initial engineering and environmental study is a critical part of the process.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 18:50:42 +0000 Deanna Garcia 32658 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburghers Tell Port Authority CEO How to Improve Transit http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburghers-tell-port-authority-ceo-how-improve-transit <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">What needs to be done to improve the region’s public transit? That’s the question </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Port Authority of Allegheny County</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> <a href="http://paac.mindmixer.com/">posed to the public through a survey</a>, and the first round of results are in.</span></p><p>Port Authority CEO <a href="http://triblive.com/news/allegheny/5539799-74/mclean-financial-authority#axzz32MaMinjT">Ellen McLean</a>&nbsp;said the results were revealing.</p><p> Wed, 21 May 2014 21:48:01 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 29602 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburghers Tell Port Authority CEO How to Improve Transit Port Authority Looks To Panel Of Transit Experts For Recommendations http://wesa.fm/post/port-authority-looks-panel-transit-experts-recommendations <p>Transit and city planning experts from all over the country are converging on Pittsburgh this week to help the Port Authority of Allegheny County create a plan for the future.</p><p>Port Authority spokesman Jim Ritchie said the nine consultants are part of the nonprofit <a href="http://uli.org/">Urban Land Institute</a> and will come up with recommendations about how to improve the county’s transit system.</p> Mon, 12 May 2014 15:54:27 +0000 Liz Reid 29073 at http://wesa.fm Port Authority Looks To Panel Of Transit Experts For Recommendations PA Auditor General Finds Port Authority Improved Over Latest Audit http://wesa.fm/post/pa-auditor-general-finds-port-authority-improved-over-latest-audit <p>The Port Authority of Allegheny County is in a “significantly better place” today than it was in the last audit, according to Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale.</p><p>The most recent audit covers the period of July 1, 2007 through Dec. 31, 2012. The last audit was completed in 2007 by former Auditor General Jack Wagner. At that time, there were serious concerns with unsustainable pension and healthcare costs.</p><p>DePasquale said now, the picture has improved.</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 18:56:14 +0000 Deanna Garcia 26382 at http://wesa.fm PA Auditor General Finds Port Authority Improved Over Latest Audit Port Authority Connect Card Fraud Being Investigated, No Personal Data Stolen http://wesa.fm/post/port-authority-connect-card-fraud-being-investigated-no-personal-data-stolen <p>The Port Authority of Allegheny County says several arrests are pending tied to the fraudulent reproduction of ConnectCards. ConnectCard is a smart card fare system now used by the Port Authority in an effort to phase out older paper and cardboard passes.&nbsp; Multiple copies were made of four legitimate ConnectCards&nbsp; and then sold outside of Port Authority approved channels; investigators did not say how many reproductions were made.</p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 21:21:57 +0000 Deanna Garcia 25109 at http://wesa.fm Port Authority Connect Card Fraud Being Investigated, No Personal Data Stolen Ice Storm Causes Chaos For Pittsburgh Commuters http://wesa.fm/post/ice-storm-causes-chaos-pittsburgh-commuters <p><strong>Update: 11:35 a.m.</strong></p><p>The Port Authority of Allegheny County is reporting that as of 11:30 a.m. light rail service has been restored to all lines. Riders should still anticipate 10 to 15 minute delays as the Port Authority works to restore its regular schedule.<br /><br />Bus shuttles that have been providing service for Blue Line-Library riders will end at noon.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Update: 11:11 a.m.</strong></p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 15:36:24 +0000 Michael Lynch 23925 at http://wesa.fm Ice Storm Causes Chaos For Pittsburgh Commuters Port Authority of Allegheny County Picks New CEO http://wesa.fm/post/port-authority-allegheny-county-picks-new-ceo <p>The Port Authority of Allegheny County has hired Ellen McLean as its next CEO. McLean has been serving as the interim CEO for nearly a year and was previously the chief financial officer for the Port Authority.</p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 18:16:45 +0000 Deanna Garcia 23301 at http://wesa.fm PAT Hosts 10th Annual Toy Drive http://wesa.fm/post/pat-hosts-10th-annual-toy-drive <p>Snow is falling, trees are donned with lights and Pittsburgh’s Steel Plaza T Station is filled with toys.</p><p>It’s that time of year again.</p><p>The Port Authority of Allegheny County (PAT) and the U.S. Marine Corps are hosting the 10th annual Toys for Tots drive Friday.</p><p>PAT is looking for new, unwrapped toys as well as cash donations. Everyone who donates will receive a free cup of coffee from the station’s Crazy Mocha kiosk.</p><p>PAT spokeswoman Heather Pharo encourages everyone to come to the plaza and give what they can.</p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 21:41:07 +0000 Michael Lynch 21118 at http://wesa.fm County Officials Looking for Input on Downtown Transportation http://wesa.fm/post/county-officials-looking-input-downtown-transportation <p>A proposed plan to re-configure downtown bus routes has been placed on hold. However, not without raising concerns among riders.</p><p>The plan, according to Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, is to reduce the overcrowding and gridlock that occurs on downtown Pittsburgh streets. Mon, 21 Oct 2013 18:16:32 +0000 Nick Frost 18484 at http://wesa.fm County Officials Looking for Input on Downtown Transportation Should Buses be Downtown? The Debate Begins http://wesa.fm/post/should-buses-be-downtown-debate-begins <p>Opposition is starting to pile up for a recently revived proposal to keep buses out of most of the Golden Triangle.&nbsp;</p><p>At the behest of some business owners and a few elected officials, the Port Authority of Allegheny County has been searching for years to find a solution to the congestion caused by buses passing through the heart of downtown.</p><p>Most recently, County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and City Councilman Bill Peduto proposed that routes be pushed to the edges of downtown, forcing some riders to walk a few extra blocks to get to work.&nbsp;</p> Sun, 13 Oct 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 18007 at http://wesa.fm Should Buses be Downtown? The Debate Begins Port Authority Proposes New Bus Routes http://wesa.fm/post/port-authority-proposes-new-bus-routes <p>The Port Authority (PAT) is planning to limit the number of buses and bus stops in downtown Pittsburgh.</p><p>PAT hopes to reduce sidewalk traffic by shifting routes onto wider streets that outline Pittsburgh’s downtown.</p><p>Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald supports the plan, saying the new routes will cut down sidewalk obstruction on some of the area’s narrower streets.</p><p>“Taking buses off of certain streets,” he said, “away from certain corners, will alleviate some of that congestion, some of that traffic and some of the blockage of walking on the sidewalks.”</p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 18:14:47 +0000 Michael Lynch 17647 at http://wesa.fm Port Authority Proposes New Bus Routes Most Port Authority Pay Stations Faring Well, PublicSource Survey Finds http://wesa.fm/post/most-port-authority-pay-stations-faring-well-publicsource-survey-finds <p>Allegheny County&rsquo;s 59 new pay stations at light-rail platforms and bus stops have been performing well, with the exception of some along the East Busway.<br /><br />PublicSource recently tested 54 of the pay stations operated by the Port Authority of Allegheny County and found few problems with the machines along the West Busway and light-rail lines. But nine of the 14 machines along the East Busway had one or more deficiencies.<br /> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 15:40:12 +0000 Emily DeMarco | PublicSource 17510 at http://wesa.fm Most Port Authority Pay Stations Faring Well, PublicSource Survey Finds Fitzgerald Praises Port Authority's Handling of North Shore Crowds http://wesa.fm/post/fitzgerald-praises-port-authoritys-handling-north-shore-crowds <p>Both the Pirates and the Steelers packed fans into sold-out stadiums Sunday night, but the Port Authority of Allegheny County was the true winner, according to Rich Fitzgerald.</p><p>At a news conference Monday, the county executive praised the Port Authority for how it handled Sunday night’s massive crowds and provided a report card for its progress.</p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 21:34:42 +0000 Jessica Nath 17015 at http://wesa.fm County Executive Fitzgerald Names Four PAT Board Members http://wesa.fm/post/county-executive-fitzgerald-names-four-pat-board-members <p>The Port Authority of Allegheny County is a little bit closer to once again having a full board. Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald has submitted his for appointees to round out the newly reformed 11-member board.</p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 19:00:26 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 16440 at http://wesa.fm PAT Board Leaves Without Naming New CEO http://wesa.fm/post/pat-board-leaves-without-naming-new-ceo <p>The nine-member board of the Port Authority of Allegheny County closed a special meeting Friday without choosing a new CEO, meaning the task will be left to a new board that will feature nearly all-new faces.&nbsp;</p><p>Currently the board is fully appointed by the County Executive, but a bill passed in the state legislature this spring changes the make up of the board to include 11 members appointed, in part, by the state.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 17:57:47 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 15348 at http://wesa.fm New Tracking System Allows P1 East Busway Riders to See Actual Arrival Times, Waits http://wesa.fm/post/new-tracking-system-allows-p1-east-busway-riders-see-actual-arrival-times-waits <p>Starting now, riders along the P1 East Busway will be able to track the vehicles in real time through the Port Authority's <a href="http://www.portauthority.org/paac/default.aspx">website</a>, either on a computer, tablet or smartphone. The new program allows commuters to see either arrival times at specific stops or a map which shows where buses are.</p><p>“What it means on a cold, inclement day … whether you’re at home or at work you can look to see where your bus is to know when to go to your bus stop,” said Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald.</p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 17:39:45 +0000 Deanna Garcia 15202 at http://wesa.fm New Tracking System Allows P1 East Busway Riders to See Actual Arrival Times, Waits Sen. Jim Brewster Joins Port Authority Board http://wesa.fm/post/sen-jim-brewster-joins-port-authority-board <p>State Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) has been appointed to a four-year term on the Port Authority (PAT) of Allegheny County Board of Directors.</p><p>The former mayor of the City of McKeesport was chosen by Sen. Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) to be a representative from the Senate Democratic Caucus and is the first member under a new appointment process.</p><p>Brewster, a member of the Senate Transportation Committee, said the new board needs to be able to work together in order to solve the big problems.</p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 19:55:54 +0000 Michael Lynch 14873 at http://wesa.fm Port Authority Bill Moves To House http://wesa.fm/post/port-authority-bill-moves-house <p>The state Senate has approved compromise legislation that would change the structure of the Port Authority of Allegheny County Transit (PAT) board.</p><p>Last week the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a measure by Senate President Pro Tem Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) that would have increased membership on the PAT board from &nbsp;nine to 11 with the county executive getting only one appointment compared to the current system where he appoints all board members.</p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 20:44:27 +0000 Michael Lynch 11746 at http://wesa.fm Port Authority Makes Changes to Schedule and Routes http://wesa.fm/post/port-authority-makes-changes-schedule-and-routes <p>While waiting for the bus that takes you to work Monday morning, you might be surprised when it zips right past you.</p><p>The Port Authority of Allegheny County (PAT) is eliminating nearly 430 stops along 36 bus routes beginning Sunday as the first of several phases of bus stop consolidations.</p><p>Spokeswoman Heather Pharo said PAT is only eliminating stops that receive little to no use.</p> Sun, 16 Jun 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Jessica Nath 11444 at http://wesa.fm Bill Would Change Control of Port Authority Board http://wesa.fm/post/bill-would-change-control-port-authority-board <p>Control of Allegheny County’s Port Authority (PAT) board could be at risk as a bill moves through the state Senate.</p><p>Legislation in the Pennsylvania Senate would diminish the power of the county executive when it comes to PAT.</p><p>The bill, put forth by Senate President Pro Tem Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson), would allow state officials to appoint five board members to the transportation agency, compared to all nine members being appointed by the county executive.</p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 21:18:23 +0000 Michael Lynch 11206 at http://wesa.fm Port Authority Bus Rapid Transit System Receives National Honor from Global Transportation Group http://wesa.fm/post/port-authority-bus-rapid-transit-system-receives-national-honor-global-transportation-group <p>The Martin Luther King Jr. East Busway in Pittsburgh has been designated as only one of five in the nation that meet Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) standards. It has been awarded the Bronze Standard by the Institute for Transportation Development Policy out of basic BRT, bronze, silver or gold designations.</p> Wed, 01 May 2013 19:37:57 +0000 Deanna Garcia 8823 at http://wesa.fm Port Authority Bus Rapid Transit System Receives National Honor from Global Transportation Group Finding Pittsburgh's Light Rail http://wesa.fm/post/finding-pittsburghs-light-rail-0 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Roughly 28,000 people ride the Pittsburgh area’s light-rail system every day. But many more could be using and funding the system if the stops were easier to access. Inspired by a </span><a href="http://ctod.org/pittsburgh/20130206_ExecSummaryBook-web.pdf" style="line-height: 1.5;">study</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> from the </span><a href="http://ctod.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Center for Transit-Oriented Development</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, </span><a href="http://publicsource.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;">PublicSource</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reporter, </span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Emily DeMarco</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> embarked on a tour of the Port Authority's 52 T-stops. She took photos, gathered audio and </span><a href="http://publicsource.org/investigations/pittsburgh-area-has-light-rail-%E2%80%94-can-you-find-it" style="line-height: 1.5;">asked commuters what they think</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> of the light-rail system.</span></p><p> Wed, 01 May 2013 04:01:00 +0000 Heather McClain 8777 at http://wesa.fm Finding Pittsburgh's Light Rail The North Shore Connector, One Year Later http://wesa.fm/post/north-shore-connector-one-year-later <div><p></p><p>It was one year ago today that the North Shore Connector light rail line began taking passengers under the Allegheny River.</p><p> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 08:00:00 +0000 Noah Brode 5172 at http://wesa.fm The North Shore Connector, One Year Later Former Head of Allegheny Co. Port Authority Visits to Talk About Future of Travel http://wesa.fm/post/former-head-allegheny-co-port-authority-visits-talk-about-future-travel <p>The efficient movement of people and goods is one of the essential components of sustainable regions. So, too, is keeping public transportation both accessible and operative at the most efficient levels, according to William W. Millar, a nationally known expert in the fields of public transportation and transportation policy.</p><p>Millar spoke on these and other transportation issues at the University of Pittsburgh Tuesday during his lecture, “How Will We Travel in the Future? The Role of Transportation in Building Sustainable Regions."</p> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 11:18:05 +0000 Nick Jovonovich 4127 at http://wesa.fm