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Weigh in on the Port Authority’s service overhaul

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.

3 Responses to “Weigh in on the Port Authority’s service overhaul”

  1. PghMitchS says:

    I’d like to see expanded hours when we can take bikes aboard the T. Where I work is not serviced directly by the T and making bus connections, while possible, would make my commute from the South Hills even longer.

    If I could get my bike aboard during during commuter times I could reduce my commuter mileage about 80%

  2. lbromb says:

    There’s enough room on the Bus Ways to include a bike path. It would be perfect and would bring biking to work or recreation closer to what many other cities offer.
    lbromb@gmail.com

  3. scott says:

    There are a handful of places on the East Busway without any shoulder at all. If bike paths were to be created on the East Busway, more concrete would need to be poured. It’s really too bad they didn’t spend the money to do this 30 years ago. It would have been much more cost effective and would have been a great thing for the city.

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