Statement Before the Council of the Glenn A. Walsh
Enhanced Pedestrian Access to
2003 January 22 E-Mail: < email@example.com >
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Good evening. I am Glenn A.
Walsh and I reside at
Last year, I was appalled to
learn that the Port Authority intended to abandon a large staircase and
wheelchair ramp, at the site of the original Wilkinsburg Busway Station inbound
platform, when these facilities could still be used to provide a more direct
access between the newly relocated Busway station and the
Over the last year, I have attempted to work with the Port Authority to preserve this additional pedestrian access to the new Busway station. I will be addressing the Port Authority Board of Directors, on this issue, on Friday morning.
I am not asking for a multi-million dollar project. I am simply asking for the construction of an additional sidewalk, and perhaps a small barrier as this sidewalk traverses a bus layover area.
I am asking for the construction
of a sidewalk from the site of the original
For people originating east and
And, this will allow wheelchair
patrons, originating on the south side of
The Port Authority staff has argued that this sidewalk would be dangerous, because it would require people to cross two driveways into a bus layover area.
However, crossing these two bus
driveways, which have limited traffic, is much safer than crossing busy
And, the walkway I propose would
provide a very direct route between the new Busway station and the
On a related matter, I support the proposal to have all express buses, which enter the Hay Street Busway Ramp, stop to pick-up passengers at the Wilkinsburg Busway Station, before proceeding non-stop to Downtown. Buses entering the Hay Street Ramp will not be up to full express speed as they pass the Wilkinsburg Station; hence, there is little disadvantage to the other riders to make one more bus stop. I also ask that Wilkinsburg Council pass a resolution asking the Port Authority to allow all express buses, entering the Hay Street Ramp, to make a service stop at the Wilkinsburg Busway Station.