Essential Pittsburgh
5:48 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Pittsburghers Tell Port Authority CEO How to Improve Transit

Ellen McLean was named the CEO of the Port Authority of Allegheny County on Friday, January 24, 2014.
Credit Jim Ritchie / Port Authority of Allegheny County

What needs to be done to improve the region’s public transit? That’s the question Port Authority of Allegheny County posed to the public through a survey, and the first round of results are in.

Port Authority CEO Ellen McLean said the results were revealing.

“They want a lot of things, a lot of things that we have in the pipeline right now. They want real-time, they want to be able to know if there's something wrong with their bus (through signage at stations), they want more service, they want the ability to have input which we have been trying to do a lot more of than we did in the past. They want better service. That's what our goal is, to improve the service.”

One renovation in the works is a new GPS system for buses. They will be synchronizes with electronic signs at stations, detailing arrival times and delays.

There's still time to answer the online survey.

Here are some questions and comments from Essential Pittsburgh listeners:

  • Brendon from Aliquippa - Wants a park and ride in Robinson?
  • Joe from Oakland - Better bus access to the Cultural District
  • Frank from Sewickley - Expanded light rail in the North Side of Pittsburgh
  • Ross from Blawnox - Commented on ways to reduce fair jumping
  • Yvonne from the Hill District - Asked about bus service to the top of the Hill
  • David from Pittsburgh - Wanted to know why the Cranberry express was cut.

Listeners voiced their opinions on Port Authority transit though twitter as well: