Public Transit

In mid-June, the Port Authority announced it is considering a one-time $5 fee for ConnectCard service. The proposal has been met with some criticism from riders, who expressed their views at a public hearing on Tuesday.

Many who spoke also offered potential fixes to avoid charging for the cards.

Edward Wagner of Brighton Heights opened up the public comment session by suggesting the Port Authority should not only keep ConnectCards free, but should also offer a discount to riders who use them because they save time.

If you’re one of the 230,000 people that use public transit daily, consider thanking your driver Wednesday for National Transit Worker Appreciation Day.

This national day is being celebrated for the first time in Pittsburgh, and Pittsburghers for Public Transit (PPT) is hoping that all 2,000 workers feel appreciated. The group will distribute cards with “Because you rock, I roll” and “Thanks for keeping us moving”, from 12-1 and 3-5 at the Wood Street T Station, and at Forbes and Bigalow in Oakland. Passengers can sign the cards and give them to workers just to show their thanks.

Good News for Port Authority Bus Service

Aug 29, 2014
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When we hear news of Port Authority of Allegheny County service changes, it usually means we’ll have to brace ourselves for cuts in service. But with transportation funding legislation approved by the legislature and Governor Tom Corbett last fall, the authority plans to add more frequent service to some of the busiest routes. 

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Waiting for buses at stops can often mean standing in or near a bus shelter – typically it’s not a fancy or a very comfortable experience.

Enter the new Super Stop in the Ikea parking lot in Robinson.

The Airport Corridor Transportation Association (ACTA) held a grand opening for the stop Tuesday. It does have the bus shelters and benches, but outside of the shelters, there’s an area with tables and chairs, making it seem more like somebody’s patio than a bus stop. Though, as officials pointed out, the Super Stop is not meant just for bus commuters.

Pittsburghers Tell Port Authority CEO How to Improve Transit

May 21, 2014
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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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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From potholes, to public transit, to bike lanes, the possibilities of transportation reforms in Pittsburgh are endless.

As part of a monthly conversation with Essential Pittsburgh, Mayor Bill Peduto explained his vision for better transportation and who he's working with to make those plans possible.

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.

Now, a local nonprofit is trying to turn up the heat on key legislators by calling the constituents in their districts.

Pittsburgh Ranks Eighth in Car-Less Commuting

Nov 7, 2013
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From biking, to walking, to riding public transit, depending on your neighborhood, commuting to work in Pittsburgh can be easily accomplished without driving a car.

The Institute for Quality Communities at the University of Oklahoma (IQCUO) agrees and has ranked Pittsburgh 8th among big cities for car-less commuting. After sifting through census bureau data by the American Community Survey on primary means of transportation to work, Pittsburgh emerged as a biker-walker friendly city.

A Fresh Viewpoint on Pittsburgh Public Transit

Nov 5, 2013
Ben Samson

Architect intern, Ben Samson, created a proposed transit map for Pittsburgh in his graduate thesis at Virginia Tech. The map has since gone viral and people are talking.

Samson believes his plan speaks to the core of what the city needs. He says he started working on this project because of his combined love for architecture and Pittsburgh. He wanted to take on the biggest architectural problem in town, the transit system.