Tomorrow is the last day to comment on the Port Authority’s proposed fare increases and service cuts.
Comments may be submitted online at PortAuthority.org using this online form or by sending mail (postmarked by 4 p.m. on Tuesday) to: Port Authority Fare & Service Proposals, Heinz 57 Center, 345 Sixth Avenue, Floor 3, Pittsburgh PA 15222-2527.
For more information check the Port Authority’s web page on the transportation funding crisis here. Proposed fare changes would increase the base fare for both Zones 1 and 2, the cost of passes and tickets and introduce premium pricing for light rail service and 13 express bus routes.
Service hours would be reduced by 35 percent, cutting the number of routes from 129 to 85 and forcing the closure of two bus divisions. At least 500 Authority jobs would be cut. About 90 neighborhoods throughout Port Authority’s coverage area would be left without any public transit service or see significant service loss, including Troy Hill.
The Authority’s Board of Directors will consider final approval during its Sept. 24 meeting. The proposed fare increase would be implemented on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011, and service changes would take effect on Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011.
Source: Port Authority press release.