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News Articles Regarding Philadelphia [SEPTA] Public Transit Strike - 2005

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News Articles Regarding Philadelphia [SEPTA] Public Transit Strike - 2005

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From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On-Line - 2005 November 21:
Port Authority board approves transit contract By Joe Grata

News Release from the Port Authority of Allegheny County [PAT] - 2005 November 21:
Port Authority Board Approves Labor Agreement

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - 2005 November 21:
Union OKs transit contract; deal now goes before Port Authority board
By Joe Grata

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - 2005 November 21:
Transit board to vote on contract By Jim Ritchie

From KDKA Radio 1020 - 2005 November 21:
Wheels on the bus will still go round and round

Port Authority of Allegheny County buses and trolleys are still rolling this morning -- and they won't be stopping anytime soon.

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - 2005 November 20:
Port Authority, union avert transit strike
Local 85 to vote today on three-year pact

By Joe Grata and James O'Toole

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - 2005 November 20:
Tentative pact averts transit strike By Jim Ritchie

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On-Line - 2005 November 19:
Port Authority, transit workers reach tentative labor agreement
Talks including Gov. Ed Rendell and County Executive Dan Onorato avert strike vote

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - 2005 November 19:
City employers brace for possible transit strike By Jim Ritchie

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - 2005 November 17:
Rendell says stakes high in Port Authority talks
By James O'Toole and Steve Levin

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - 2005 November 17:
Rendell staffers join transit negotiations By Jim Ritchie

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - 2005 November 17:
Commentary: Don't blink By Jake Haulk & Eric Montarti, Allegheny Institute

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - 2005 November 17:
Letters: Unfair to bus drivers

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On-Line - 2005 November 15:
Editorial: Holding the line / The county can live with Onorato's frugal budget

From the Pittsburgh Trib p.m. - 2005 November 16:
Port authority, union meeting in attempt to avoid strike By Jim Ritchie

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - 2005 November 15:
Commentary: Pittsburgh Tuesday takes - Misguided notions:

Save Our Transit, Pittsburgh, Mass Transit Appreciation Day Rally:
Wednesday, November 16, 2005, 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. EST
Pennsylvania State Office Building, 300 Liberty Avenue at Commonwealth Place
Gateway Center in Downtown Pittsburgh

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - 2005 November 14:
Briefs: Downtown - Save Our Transit plans rally Wednesday
(Second of ten news briefs on web page.)

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - 2005 November 13:
Getting Around: Port Authority labor stalemate spurs Onorato, Rendell to action
By Joe Grata
Compares Philadelphia transit strike with possible Pittsburgh transit strike.

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - 2005 November 13:
Column: Transit strike ready for launch By Eric Heyl

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - 2005 November 11:
Trying to head off strike, Onorato joins transit talks
By Joe Grata

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - 2005 November 11:
Editorial: Transit squeeze / Port Authority pressures don't favor the workers

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - 2005 November 11:
Onorato vows to keep talks going By Mike Wereschagin

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - 2005 November 11:
Editorial: Pittsburgh Laurels & Lances: Please, Ed, no
Opposes mediation of public transit talks by Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell.

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - 2005 November 9:
Rendell willing to mediate transit dispute
By Jim Ritchie

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - 2005 November 9:
Editorial: Transit talk gridlock: Public be damned

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - 2005 November 8:
Transit union board approves strike vote By Jim Ritchie

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - 2005 November 8:
Transit strike possible Nov. 25
Buses, trolleys could be idle on busiest shopping day of the year

By Joe Grata

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - 2005 November 8:
Agreement ends Philadelphia mass-transit strike By The Associated Press
Also, PAT union approves November 20 vote for Pittsburgh transit strike.

From the Pittsburgh Trib p.m. - 2005 November 7:
Port Authority union leaders vote for driver strike

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - 2005 November 7:
Philly transit strike ends By John Loviglio, AP, The Associated Press
Also, PAT union approves November 20 vote for Pittsburgh transit strike.

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - 2005 November 6:
Rendell warns against strike By Rick Wills

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh - 2005 November 5:
Bus drivers may strike Nov. 20 By Jim Ritchie

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh - 2005 November 5:
Port Authority union criticizes talks, to meet Monday

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh - 2005 November 2:
Same issues, different routes By Jim Ritchie
Compares Philadelphia transit strike with possible Pittsburgh transit strike.

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh - 2005 November 2:
SEPTA strike enters third day By The Associated Press

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh - 2005 November 1:
Philly commuters scramble By The Associated Press
Philadelphia public transit strike began October 31.

From the Pittsburgh City Paper, Pittsburgh - 2005 October 13:
The T Stops Where? Writer: Julie Mickens

Regarding proposal for elevated walkway to Penn Station replacing proposed Convention Center subway spur.

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh - 2005 October 13:
Port Authority, one union reach new labor agreement By Joe Grata

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh - 2005 October 8:
Redrawn maglev route eases some concerns By Richard Gazarik

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh - 2005 October 6:
Port Authority police union OKs contract proposal By Joe Grata

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh - 2005 October 6:
New York increases subway security after word of threat to transit system
By The Associated Press

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh - 2005 October 5:
Port Authority-union talks progressing By Jim Ritchie

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh - 2005 October 4:
Guest Commentary: In Rebuttal: North Shore Connector nonsense
By Jake Haulk, President, and Frank Gamrat, Senior Research Associate,
Allegheny Institute for Public Policy

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh - 2005 October 3:
High-speed train plan moves slowly
Report on maglev's impact out this week

By Joe Grata

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh - 2005 October 1:
200 properties in maglev's way By Rich Cholodofsky

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh - 2005 September 29:
Letter-to-the-Editor: Transit dreams & boondoggles By Jack Ciak of Greensburg
Supports Maglev project or similar commuter rail line.

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh - 2005 September 28:
Guest Commentary: Henry Nutbrown: Why the North Shore Connector makes sense
Extending light rail to a fast-growing area will serve many people and catalyze more growth

By Henry Nutbrown, Assistant General Manager for Engineering and Construction,
Port Authority of Allegheny County [PAT]

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh - 2005 September 23:
Editorial: The Connector & Maglev: Stop the insanity

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh - 2005 September 20:
Port Authority rejects report by fact-finder in labor talks By Joe Grata

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh - 2005 September 20:
Transit agency rejects report By Jim Ritchie

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh - 2005 September 19:
Maglev talks resume after 2-year hiatus By Rich Cholodofsky

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh - 2005 September 14:
North Side light rail plans raise concerns at the City Planning Commission
By Mark Belko

"North Shore Connector" may include demolition of The Carnegie's Miller Printing Company warehouse building, across street from The Carnegie Science Center, which currently includes storage of historic Buhl Planetarium equipment and artifacts, including the Zeiss II Planetarium Projector.

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh - 2005 September 14:
North Shore light-rail plans seem to favor sports fans
By Violet Law

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh - 2005 September 14:
Stung by high bids, Port Authority restructuring North Shore rail project
Looking for a cheaper ride

By Joe Grata

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh - 2005 September 8:
Column Commentary: Train sadly sidetracked as transit option
By Samantha Bennett

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh - 2005 August 25:
Column Commentary: Pull the plug on the North Shore Connector rapid transit expansion project
By Jake Haulk, President of the Allegheny Institute for Public Policy

From the Pittsburgh City Paper, Pittsburgh - 2005 August 10:
Letter-to-the-Editor:
RE: Dont rail against the T Letter in 2005 July 27 issue
of the Pittsburgh City Paper
By Glenn A. Walsh, Mount Lebanon

2005 August 10 Letter Written in Response to:
From the Pittsburgh City Paper, Pittsburgh - 2005 July 28:
Letter-to-the-Editor:
Dont rail against the T
By Judi McNeil, Director of Media Relations, Port Authority of Allegheny County

From the Pittsburgh City Paper, Pittsburgh - 2005 June 30:
"Rant":
The T Extension Is an Abomination By Matthew Khoury, Friendship


From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh - 2005 July 21:
PAT closer to balancing new budget By Jim Ritchie

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh - 2005 July 21:
Commission OKs shift of highway money to keep Port Authority, other agencies rolling
Another Band-Aid for transit

By Joe Grata

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh - 2005 June 26:
Tunnel vision By Jim Ritchie
Regarding the proposed Norh Shore Connector rapid transit extension project.

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh - 2005 June 25:
Port Authority banking on benefit cuts By Jim Ritchie

Port Authority Transit [PAT] Board of Directors ratifies Fiscal Year 2004-2005 spending plan [which was implemented over the past year as a continuing resolution] and approves a 2005-2006 annual budget with no proposed service cuts or rate hikes.

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh - 2005 June 22:
Port Authority budget full of 'ifs'
No fare hikes or service cuts are projected,
but spending plan has rosy assumptions

By Joe Grata

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh - 2005 June 15:
House leader warns on transit funding
By Brad Bumsted [STATE CAPITOL REPORTER] and Jim Ritchie

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh - 2005 March 23:
Scholars reconstructing dinosaur at K.C.'s Union Station
Planetarium also recently reopened.
By The Associated Press

From The Daily News, McKeesport, PA - 2005 March 11:
Rendell's transit funding proposal gets SPC approval By Patrick Cloonan

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh - 2005 March 11:
Transit borrows more time By Jim Ritchie

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh - 2005 March 11:
Transit fund transfer OK'd by 47-2 vote By Mike Bucsko

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On-Line, Pittsburgh - 2005 March 10, 4:07 p.m.:
Planning agency OK's funds transfer for transit By Mike Bucsko

From the Pittsburgh City Paper, Pittsburgh - 2005 February 2:
End of the Trolley Line?
Port Authority cuts threaten the 52 Allentown, a living link to Pittsburgh's lost streetcars

Due to a PAT funding shortfall, Route 52 Allentown [which partly operates on the route of Pittsburgh's first electric trolley line] will be discontinued after the final afternoon rush hour runs on Friday, March 4, 2005 [the last two roundtrip subway runs of a different subway line, between the Steel Plaza Subway Station and the Light Rail station at Penn Station, will also be discontinued the same date, about an hour earlier!]!

From the Pittsburgh City Paper, Pittsburgh - 2004 November 11:
How do the Port Authority bus routes get their numbers?
Question submitted by: Haley Grassel, Oakland
Writer: CHRIS POTTER

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh - 2000 December 17:
Getting Around:
Mention of their pay ticks off Port Authority drivers

By Joe Grata

Includes proposal delivered at Port Authority fare-hike public hearing, by long-time public transit advocate Glenn A. Walsh, regarding maintaining the present transit fare as a special fare for the truly-needy, in Post-Gazette's weekly Sunday column on local transportation issues.


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