Port Authority of Allegheny County

Transportation
2:50 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Port Authority Diverts Funds to Study Bus Rapid Transit Line

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.

Port Authority Chairman Bob Hurley said an initial engineering and environmental study is a critical part of the process.

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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.

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Transportation
11:54 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Port Authority Looks To Panel Of Transit Experts For Recommendations

Consultants from the Urban Land Institute will perform a comprehensive review of the Port Authority's transit system.
Credit Flickr user HerrVebah

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.

Port Authority spokesman Jim Ritchie said the nine consultants are part of the nonprofit Urban Land Institute and will come up with recommendations about how to improve the county’s transit system.

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Transportation
2:56 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

PA Auditor General Finds Port Authority Improved Over Latest Audit

Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale has released an audit of the Port Authority of Allegheny County which covers the period of July 1, 2007 through December 31, 2012.
Credit Deanna Garcia / 90.5 WESA

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.

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.

DePasquale said now, the picture has improved.

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Transportation
4:21 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Port Authority Connect Card Fraud Being Investigated, No Personal Data Stolen

Riders are asked to purchase ConnectCards only from official retail kiosks and other official locations, such as Giant Eagle.
Credit Deanna Garcia / 90.5 WESA

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.  Multiple copies were made of four legitimate ConnectCards  and then sold outside of Port Authority approved channels; investigators did not say how many reproductions were made.

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Transportation
10:36 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Ice Storm Causes Chaos For Pittsburgh Commuters

Icicles form on a parked car in Oakland.
Credit Michael Lynch / 90.5 WESA

Update: 11:35 a.m.

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.

Bus shuttles that have been providing service for Blue Line-Library riders will end at noon. 

Update: 11:11 a.m.

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Transportation
1:16 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Port Authority of Allegheny County Picks New CEO

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.

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Community
4:41 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

PAT Hosts 10th Annual Toy Drive

Snow is falling, trees are donned with lights and Pittsburgh’s Steel Plaza T Station is filled with toys.

It’s that time of year again.

The Port Authority of Allegheny County (PAT) and the U.S. Marine Corps are hosting the 10th annual Toys for Tots drive Friday.

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.

PAT spokeswoman Heather Pharo encourages everyone to come to the plaza and give what they can.

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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.
Credit Flickr user wildcellist

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.

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Transportation
3:30 am
Sun October 13, 2013

Should Buses be Downtown? The Debate Begins

Opposition is mounting over a proposal to limit the number of buses and bus stops in downtown Pittsburgh.
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Opposition is starting to pile up for a recently revived proposal to keep buses out of most of the Golden Triangle. 

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.

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. 

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Transportation
2:14 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Port Authority Proposes New Bus Routes

In hopes of reducing sidewalk traffic, the Port Authority is planning to limit the number of buses and bus stops in downtown Pittsburgh.
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The Port Authority (PAT) is planning to limit the number of buses and bus stops in downtown Pittsburgh.

PAT hopes to reduce sidewalk traffic by shifting routes onto wider streets that outline Pittsburgh’s downtown.

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.

“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.”

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Transportation
11:40 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Most Port Authority Pay Stations Faring Well, PublicSource Survey Finds

Fifty-nine pay stations have been installed in Allegheny County since 2012. One of the machines at the East Busway's Negley Station did not print receipts during a recent field test.
Credit Emily DeMarco / PublicSource

Allegheny County’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.

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.

Half of the East Busway’s machines could not print receipts. One didn't accept coins. Four of the machines’ robotic voices were broken.

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Transportation
5:34 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Fitzgerald Praises Port Authority's Handling of North Shore Crowds

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.

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.

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Port Authority
3:00 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

County Executive Fitzgerald Names Four PAT Board Members

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.

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Port Authority
1:57 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

PAT Board Leaves Without Naming New CEO

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. 

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. 

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Transportation
1:39 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

New Tracking System Allows P1 East Busway Riders to See Actual Arrival Times, Waits

Riders along the P1 East Busway - All Stops route will be able to see real-time arrivals and wait times for buses.
Credit Deanna Garcia / 90.5 WESA

Starting now, riders along the P1 East Busway will be able to track the vehicles in real time through the Port Authority's website, 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.

“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.

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Government & Politics
3:55 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Sen. Jim Brewster Joins Port Authority Board

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.

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.

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.

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Government & Politics
4:44 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Port Authority Bill Moves To House

The state Senate has approved compromise legislation that would change the structure of the Port Authority of Allegheny County Transit (PAT) board.

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  nine to 11 with the county executive getting only one appointment compared to the current system where he appoints all board members.

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Transportation
3:30 am
Sun June 16, 2013

Port Authority Makes Changes to Schedule and Routes

While waiting for the bus that takes you to work Monday morning, you might be surprised when it zips right past you.

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.

Spokeswoman Heather Pharo said PAT is only eliminating stops that receive little to no use.

“When I say little to no use, most of these stops were actually used by zero people, and we monitored them in fall of 2012,” Pharo said.

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Port Authority
5:18 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Bill Would Change Control of Port Authority Board

Control of Allegheny County’s Port Authority (PAT) board could be at risk as a bill moves through the state Senate.

Legislation in the Pennsylvania Senate would diminish the power of the county executive when it comes to PAT.

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.

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Port Authority
3:37 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Port Authority Bus Rapid Transit System Receives National Honor from Global Transportation Group

Walter Hook, CEO of the Institute for Transportation Development Policy, discusses BRT systems. Interim Port Authority of Allegheny County CEO Ellen McLean and County Executive Rich Fitzgerald look on.
Credit Deanna Garcia / 90.5/WESA

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.

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Essential Pittsburgh
12:01 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Finding Pittsburgh's Light Rail

Light Rail stops in the Free Zone, such as the sleekly designed Gateway Station Downtown, are highly visible
Emily DeMarco PublicSource

  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 study from the Center for Transit-Oriented Development, PublicSource reporter, Emily DeMarco embarked on a tour of the Port Authority's 52 T-stops. She took photos, gathered audio and asked commuters what they think of the light-rail system.

Light Rail
4:00 am
Mon March 25, 2013

The North Shore Connector, One Year Later

A Port Authority "T" train pulls up to a stop near Heinz Field, one of the premier rail destinations of the North Shore Connector.
Credit Noah Brode/90.5 WESA

90.5 WESA's Noah Brode reports on the prospects for local light rail at the one-year anniversary of the North Shore Connector.

It was one year ago today that the North Shore Connector light rail line began taking passengers under the Allegheny River.

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Transportation
7:18 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Former Head of Allegheny Co. Port Authority Visits to Talk About Future of Travel

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.

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."

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Transportation
11:28 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Adjustments Coming To Port Authority Bus Routes

While no major overhauls are in the works, the Port Authority of Allegheny County is planning to alter some bus routes.

Beginning March 17, approximately 35 routes will be tweaked. Heather Pharo, spokesperson for the Port Authority, said the changes are for a variety of reasons including overcrowding along some routes.

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