PIIN’s focus on transit has continued for five years during which the gap between available state funding and the needs of Pittsburgh’s transit system has grown. The system has experienced multiple damaging cuts over those years. The work of PIIN and its transit partners reduced their severity; they would have been worse if not for our work alongside our partners. An additional 35% cut in service is proposed for September of 2012 that would eliminate more than 40 of the 100 remaining routes along with most suburban service and devastate an already damaged system. PIIN secured a commitment from then candidate, now County Executive Rich Fitzgerald to both work with us to secure adequate state funding but also to receive the authority from the state to raise additional local revenue dedicated to support the public transit system. PIIN collected over 1500 postcards asking Governor Corbett to solve the state transportation funding crisis by taking action on the recommendations of his own Transportation Funding Advisory Commission. Their recommendations have widespread support and would eliminate the need for the September cuts and fare increase and begin to stabilize transit funding.
To get involved with the Public Transit Task Force, please contact Carol Ballance, PIIN Transit Task Force Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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