Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Proposed Final Transit Development Plan Released Friday

Allegheny County has changed dramatically over the past 40 years, and Port Authority is working to create a transit system that will better serve riders as well as provide a framework for future growth.

Port Authority takes riders to work, to school, to medical appointments, to visit friends and family, to sporting events and the mall, and so much more. The goal of the Transit Development Plan is to ensure riders remain connected to all these things by improving our bus, light rail and ACCESS service.

This Friday, August 28, we will reveal the proposed final draft of its Transit Development Plan, the result of nearly two years of analysis of the current system, as well as proposed fare changes.

Over the last two years, we’ve interviewed community leaders, studied other cities’ transit systems, evaluated the efficiency of individual routes and taken your comments about how service can be improved. In May, Port Authority unveiled three possible service concepts and asked for additional public comment on these ideas. We listened to issues raised by riders and community members, and kept those thoughts in mind as we created a new proposed final draft of the plan, which will be available for review on Friday.

The hub for all Transit Development Plan-related information will be our Web site at There you’ll be able to review maps and detailed information about route changes and service improvements. You’ll also be able to submit your thoughts and comments, as well as find information on our upcoming public hearing, scheduled for Tuesday, September 15 in Downtown Pittsburgh.

The new proposed final draft will be posted Friday, but in the meantime please feel free to check out the Web site to learn more about the history of the Transit Development Plan, view the project schedule, sign up for email updates and much more. We look forward to hearing your thoughts.

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