EMBARGOED FROM PUBLICATION, NEWS RELEASE AND PUBLIC STATEMENT, UNTIL

9:30 a.m., FRIDAY, APRIL 23, 2004

 

                       NEWS RELEASE

 

For release—EMBARGOED FROM PUBLICATION UNTIL: 9:30 a.m. 2004 April 23

For more information -- Glenn A. Walsh:

                    E-Mail < gawalsh@planetarium.cc >

                    Telephone 412-561-7876

 

$2 MILLION OF TAXPAYERS’ MONEY TO BE WASTED BY PAT ABANDONMENT OF NEVER-USED RAIL CAR STORAGE YARD

 

TRANSIT ADVOCATE ASSAILS WASTE OF

  TRANSIT FUNDS BEFORE PAT BOARD

                               

Pittsburgh, April 23 – One consequence of the proposed construction of the “North Shore Connector” rail transit expansion project will be “the Port Authority’s proposed abandonment of a never-used rail car storage yard, which would result in the complete waste of $2 million in taxpayer funds,” according to long-time public transit advocate Glenn A. Walsh. Mr. Walsh made this statement before the Board of Directors of the Port Authority of Allegheny County, in a prepared text Friday morning.

 

According to Mr. Walsh, a seven-track rail car storage yard was built in the mid-1980s, as part of the Port Authority’s Stage I Light Rail Transit project. Yet, after construction, this Mid-Day Rail Yard, planned for the storage of light rail vehicles needed only during the rush hours, has never been used. And, now, the Port Authority plans to abandon this $2 million rail yard, with construction of a new subway line to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

 

Mr. Walsh called this proposed rail yard abandonment, “clear-cut evidence of waste of taxpayer dollars—money that could have been used to improve public transportation in Allegheny County! Not one Allegheny County transit rider has, yet, benefited from this $2 million rail yard!” He went on to say that if this abandonment occurs, it would be “the most egregious waste of taxpayer money in the 40 years of Port Authority Transit history!”

 

FOR MORE DETAILS, AND A COMPLETE TEXT OF MR. WALSH’S COMMENTS (COMPLETE TEXT EMBARGOED FROM PUBLICATION UNTIL 9:30 a.m. FRIDAY, APRIL 23, 2004), CLICK ON THE FOLLOWING LINK:

< http://andrewcarnegie2.tripod.com/transit/ST-PATRailYard.htm >

Large Print Version: < http://andrewcarnegie2.tripod.com/transit/ST-PATRailYard-LargePrint.htm >

 

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Note to Editors and Reporters: Glenn A. Walsh of Mount Lebanon, Pennsylvania has been an advocate of public transportation, and has closely followed proceedings of the Port Authority of Allegheny County (including the attendance of many meetings of the PAT Board of Directors), for more than twenty-five years. Mr. Walsh was a charter member, in 1984, of the Allegheny County Transit Council, a citizens' advisory body designated by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to advise the PAT Board of Directors. Mr. Walsh served three consecutive terms on the Council, as allowed by the Council By-Laws, leaving the Council in 1989. Views expressed by Mr. Walsh are his own and do not represent the views of the Allegheny County Transit Council.

 

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News Release: Tax Funds Spent on Never-Used Rail Yard  2004 April 23                      Page 2 of 2

 

 

 

Internet link to full public statement, by Glenn A. Walsh, before the Port Authority Board of Directors on 2004 April 23:

< http://andrewcarnegie2.tripod.com/transit/ST-PATRailYard.htm >

Large Print Version: < http://andrewcarnegie2.tripod.com/transit/ST-PATRailYard-LargePrint.htm >

 

Internet link to comments issued by Glenn A.  Walsh, during the official public comment period for the Final Environmental Impact Statement regarding the proposed North Shore Connector rapid transit extension project:

< http://andrewcarnegie2.tripod.com/transit/C-FEISNShoreConnect.htm >

 

Glenn A. Walsh’s Public Transit Web Site: < http://andrewcarnegie2.tripod.com/transit/ >

 

Internet links to two recent letters to Port Authority officials--

 

Letter to Port Authority Chief Executive Officer Paul Skoutelas—Pennsylvania Right-to-Know Law Request:

< http://andrewcarnegie2.tripod.com/transit/L-SkoutelasRailYard.htm >

 

Letter to Port Authority Board Chairman John A. Brooks—Pennsylvania Sunshine Act Request:

< http://andrewcarnegie2.tripod.com/transit/L-BrooksRailYard.htm >

 
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