Essential Pittsburgh
2:16 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

County Officials Looking for Input on Downtown Transportation

A proposed plan to re-configure downtown bus routes has been placed on hold.
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A proposed plan to re-configure downtown bus routes has been placed on hold. However, not without raising concerns among riders.

The plan, according to Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, is to reduce the overcrowding and gridlock that occurs on downtown Pittsburgh streets.

The main focus on the current plan is to make some streets and blocks bus free.

Fitzgerald says because downtown Pittsburgh is very compact and because of its small size, walking is a viable option and should be utilized. He encourages those who will be affected by possible changes to submit their input to the county.

But Helen Gerhardt, community organizer for Pittsburghers for Public Transit, says in the past people felt “totally ignored” after giving input on transportation issues.

For people looking to give input and hear more about the issue, there are several events planned by Pittsburgh for Public Transit.