The Port Authority is soliciting input from the public on its plans to overhaul its bus routes. Their tag line for the open houses is “Tell us where to go!” But where to go isn’t the only thing worth telling them. This is a perfect chance to make sure that more is done to accommodate bikes at their stations (secure, covered bike parking), on their trains (vertical bike racks on train cars, folding bikes during peak times), and on buses (all buses that can accept bike racks should have them installed). Bikes and transit go hand in hand. Bikes have an incredible ability to increase ridership on transit – something the Port Authority is very interested in achieving.
Following is the schedule of regional open houses:
Western communities — June 17, 6 to 8 p.m. at the Carnegie Borough Building, 1 Veterans Way.
Allegheny Valley and eastern suburbs — June 23, 6 to 8 p.m. in the gymnasium at Community College of Allegheny County’s Boyce campus, Monroeville.
Downtown and city –– June 24, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Downtown YWCA, 305 Wood St.
North Hills — June 24, 6 to 8 p.m. at the West View Fire Department banquet hall, 398 Perry Highway.
South Hills — June 25, 6 to 8 p.m. at the Bethel Park Fire Hall, 5213 Brightwood Road.
Mon Valley — June 26, 6 to 8 p.m. in the gymnasium at Community College of Allegheny County’s South campus, West Mifflin.
Riders can learn more by visiting tdp.portauthority.org. For those without computer access, the Port Authority has established a telephone hot line, 866-583-0837.