Pittsburghers for Public Transit http://wesa.fm en Transit Activists Ask Pennsylvanians to Call State Reps About Transportation Bill http://wesa.fm/post/transit-activists-ask-pennsylvanians-call-state-reps-about-transportation-bill <p>The Pennsylvania General Assembly has just four voting days left this year, and they still have not passed a transportation funding bill. A Senate bill that would fund roads, bridges and public transit has been languishing since it was passed in June.</p><p>Now, a local nonprofit is trying to turn up the heat on key legislators by calling the constituents in their districts.</p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 12:44:08 +0000 Liz Reid 19714 at http://wesa.fm 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 Pittsburghers for Public Transit to Rally in Capitol http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburghers-public-transit-rally-capitol <p>The advocacy group Pittsburghers for Public Transit (PPT) plans to hold a rally on June 4 in the Capitol Rotunda to call for funding and better conditions for public transit in Pennsylvania.</p><p>PPT Community Organizer Helen Gerhardt said they plan on visiting the office of every state legislator to tell them why public transit is crucial.</p><p>“Many people don’t realize just how important public transit is to the urban tax base, which then supports the entire state budget including funds for roads and bridges,” Gerhardt said.</p> Sun, 02 Jun 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Jessica Nath 10565 at http://wesa.fm