2007 Pittsburgh Public Transit Funding Crisis:
Port Authority of Allegheny County (PAT)

Authored By Glenn A. Walsh
Electronic Mail: < 2007transit@planetarium.cc > *** Internet Web Site Cover Page: < http://andrewcarnegie2.tripod.com/transit >

This Internet web site provides information on issues relevant to public transportation service reductions and fare increase in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania U.S.A., proposed 2007 January 3.

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Information about this bibliography archive of news articles. *** Quick-Reference Page - Transportation
Public Transit - Pittsburgh *** Public Transit - Port Authority of Allegheny County (PAT)
Philadelphia Public Transit: Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA)
News Articles Regarding Threatened and Actual Public Transit Strikes in 2005:
Pittsburgh (Threatened) *** Philadelphia (Actual)

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News Articles Regarding 2008 Pittsburgh Public Transit
Labor Contract Renewal and Potential for Work Stoppage

PAT Fare Increase Will Go Into Effect 2008 January 1

Revised PAT Service Cuts - Effective Sunday, 2007 June 17
ALSO: PAT Reduces Hours of Downtown Service Center & Telephone Customer Service Effective June 17.

ACCESS Paratransit Service base fares rise by 50 cents (NOT $1 increase originally proposed) Effective July 1.

Port Authority Announces Connect '09 Initiative to Revamp Entire Transit System Structure

2007 Philadelphia Public Transit Funding Crisis

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Transit Proposal News *** 2007 March 23 - NEWS: Revised Transit Service Proposal

Calendar of Upcoming Hearings, Meetings, and Events Regarding Transit Proposal


Proposed PAT Fare Increases and Service Reductions *** Additional Information

How to Testify or Comment to PAT *** Public Hearings: Dates, Times, Locations *** Transit Service to Locations


Organizations involved in consideration of public transit service and fare levels in Pittsburgh region:

Port Authority Transit of Allegheny County (PAT) *** The Duquesne Incline *** ACCESS Paratransit System

Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 85

Allegheny County Transit Couoncil (ACTC) *** Save Our Transit (SOT): Link 1 * Link 2 * Link 3

Campaign to Stop the Bus Cuts *** Mon-Valley Unemployed Committee


Calendar of Upcoming Hearings, Meetings, and Events Regarding Transit Proposal

2008: Jan.

2007: Jan. * Feb. * March * April * May * June * July * Aug. * Sept. * Oct. * Nov.

Calendar Archive for Previous Months


Transit Proposal News

Revised PAT Service Cuts - Effective Sunday, 2007 June 17
ALSO: PAT Reduces Hours of Downtown Service Center & Telephone Customer Service Effective June 17.

2007 Philadelphia Public Transit Funding Crisis

Walsh, Glenn A. "Comments: Transit Development Plan."
Public Comments Submitted to Port Authority Staff Planner David Wohlwill 2009 June 29.

Walsh, Glenn A. Letter Response to Christopher J. Hess, Assistant General Manager, Legal and Corporate Services, Port Authority of Allegheny County (PAT), Regarding PAT Response to 2007 August 31 Pennsylvania Right-to-Know Law Request. 2008 March 17.

* 2007 Oct. 31 - Letter to PAT CEO Stephen G. Bland from Glenn A. Walsh (By Certified Mail, Return-Receipt Requested):
Pennsylvania Right-to-Know Law Request—SECOND ATTEMPT !!! regarding
PAT Abandonment of ALL Rail Service on Penn Station Rail Line (Penn Station to Steel Plaza)

* 2007 Aug. 31 - Letter to PAT CEO Stephen G. Bland from Glenn A. Walsh (By Certified Mail, Return Receipt Requested):
Pennsylvania Right-to-Know Law Request regarding
PAT Abandonment of ALL Rail Service on Penn Station Rail Line (Penn Station to Steel Plaza)

* 2007 Aug. 22 - PAT News Release:
Regular Rail Service Resumes September 2
Includes statement briefly announcing abandonment of all light rail service on Penn Station Rail Line (Penn Station to Steel Plaza):
"Ø Both weekday Penn Park “quick getaway” trips will be eliminated;"

* 2007 July 11 - News Release:
Health Dept. Asked to Study
Air Quality Impacts of Transit Cutbacks

Long-time public transit advocate Glenn A. Walsh addresses [prepared text included] Allegheny County Board of Health asking that the Allegheny County Health Department be directed to study the air quality impacts of service reductions, and fare increases, implemented by Pittsburgh's Port Authority Transit (PAT) system over the last four decades.

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Web Sites Regarding Possible Pittsburgh Transit Strike

Keep Pittsburgh Moving.com - Provides tips to Downtown businesses of how to prepare for a transit strike.
(Sponsored by the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership and the Allegheny Conference on Community Development)

Pittsburgh Transit Info.com - Provides information on transit negotiations and other transit tips.

OFFICIAL FACT FINDER'S REPORT - August 29, 2008

Comparison of Major Collective Bargaining Provisions Offered During Fact-Finding

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Most Recent PAT Labor Contract Offers:

"Final Best" Offer by Port Authority to Union *** Union Proposal of October 17, 2008

PAT News Release:
"Port Authority Votes To Impose Labor Contract." News Release.
Port Authority of Allegheny County 2008 Oct. 24.

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"Good deal: The Port Authority gives workers realistic terms." Editorial.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2008 Nov. 3.

Weigand, Jodi. "Allegheny's drink tax isn't scaring liquor licenses applications."
Pittsburgh Trib p.m. 2008 Oct. 31.

"Union sues Port Authority over North Shore shuttle."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2008 Oct. 30.

"Casino bus deal challenged by union."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2008 Oct. 30.

"Port Authority drivers' union challenges casino shuttle."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review On-Line 2008 Oct. 29.

Ritchie, Jim. "Bus union to fight forced pact."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2008 Oct. 28.

Grata, Joe. "Transit contract imposed on union."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2008 Oct. 25.

Grata, Joe. "Port Authority says union's 'savings' plan too costly."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2008 Oct. 25.

Ritchie, Jim. "Transit board imposes contract on union."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2008 Oct. 25.

Grata, Joe. "Port Authority imposes contract terms on drivers union."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On-Line 2008 Oct. 24.

Ritchie, Jim. "Port Authority forces contract on union."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review On-Line 2008 Oct. 24.

"Port Authority Votes To Impose Labor Contract." News Release.
Port Authority of Allegheny County 2008 Oct. 24.

Grata, Joe. "Port Authority talks reach an 'impasse'."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2008 Oct. 24.

Ritchie, Jim. "Transit talks grinding to halt."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2008 Oct. 24.

Ritchie, Jim. "Onorato projected surplus, critics say."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2008 Oct. 23.

"A bogus reading." Editorial.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2008 Oct. 22.

"Final Best Offer in Bargaining with Local 85 Operators, Maintenance and Other Personnel
Port Authority of Allegheny County 2008 Oct. 21.

Grata, Joe. "Onorato says no to transit bailout."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2008 Oct. 20.

Grata, Joe. "Getting Around: PennDOT chief worries about 'doomsday' in funding." Column.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2008 Oct. 19.

Grata, Joe. "Port Authority, transit police OK new one-year contract."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2008 Oct. 18.

Ritchie, Jim. "Shutdown date for Port Authority unclear."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2008 Oct. 18.

Ritchie, Jim. "Plan for drink tax surplus may go to court."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2008 Oct. 17.

"Union Proposal of October 17, 2008.
Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 85 2008 Oct. 17.

"The transit opinion: Stop the charade." Editorial.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2008 Oct. 16.

Ritchie, Jim. "Use of 'transit tax' surplus questioned."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2008 Oct. 14.

Grata, Joe. "Getting Around: Port Authority labor situation is 'coming to a head'." Column.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2008 Oct. 12.

Ritchie, Jim. "Onorato: Port Authority may be broke by Dec. 1."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2008 Oct. 8.

Puko, Tim. "Onorato near crunch time on gubernatorial run."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2008 Oct. 8.

Grata, Joe. Column: "Transit pact may come with locked-door bargaining."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2008 Sept. 21.

Belko, Mark. "Onorato defends withholding funds from Port Authority."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2008 Sept. 20.

Grata, Joe. "Consultant pinpoints areas transit service needs to improve."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2008 Sept. 20.

Ritchie, Jim. "Bus routes labeled inefficient, study finds."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2008 Sept. 20.

Bumsted, Brad. "Rendell considers increase in gas tax for roads."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2008 Sept. 20.

Editorial: "Pittsburgh Laurels & Lances - On the "Watch List"."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2008 Sept. 19.

Rujumba, Karamagi. "Crackdown on drink tax scofflaws."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2008 Sept. 18.

Bumsted, Brad and Jim Ritchie "End sought to lock on transit,"
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2008 Sept. 18.

Barnes, Tom. "Bill would allow bus competition in Allegheny County."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On-Line 2008 Sept. 17.

Bumsted, Brad. "Lawmakers push to end Port Authority monopoly."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review On-Line 2008 Sept. 17.

Majors, Dan. "Onorato says he won't join Port Authority talks."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2008 Sept. 17.

Editorial: "Road rumble: A bad choice on the turnpike now looks better."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2008 Sept. 17.

Vellucci, Justin. "Establishments given 2 weeks to pay drink tax."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2008 Sept. 17.

Haulk, Jake. Column: "Union intransigence."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2008 Sept. 17.

Heyl, Eric. Column: "Transit options may come in handy."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2008 Sept. 17.

Majors, Dan. "Union calls for Onorato to join Port Authority talks."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On-Line 2008 Sept. 16.

Editorial: "Let them vote: Transit workers may want the fact-finder's deal."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2008 Sept. 16.

Silver, Jonathan D. "Onorato to union: Let transit drivers vote."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2008 Sept. 16.

Editorial: "The transit talks."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2008 Sept. 16.

Ritchie, Jim. "Onorato urges transit union to let membership vote on pact."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2008 Sept. 16.

Puko, Tim. "Judge turns down drink tax appeals."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2008 Sept. 16.

Silver, Jonathan D. "Onorato withholding transit funds to pressure union."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On-Line 2008 Sept. 15.

Rujumba, Karamagi. "Judge keeps drink tax referendums off ballot."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On-Line 2008 Sept. 15.

Puko, Tim. "Judge rules: Drink tax referendums off the ballot."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review On-Line 2008 Sept. 15.

Grata, Joe. "Analysis: With death of I-80 toll plan, now what?"
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2008 Sept. 15.

Ritchie, Jim. "Port Authority pact offered debatable savings."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2008 Sept. 14.

Grata, Joe. "Transit strike remains possible."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2008 Sept. 13.

Grata, Joe. "Port Authority prepares for service disruption."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2008 Sept. 13.

Ritchie, Jim. "Port Authority union rebuffs contract proposal."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2008 Sept. 13.

Ritchie, Jim. "Union says no to Port Authority deal."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review On-Line 2008 Sept. 12.

Grata, Joe. "Drivers' union rejects outline of contract."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On-Line 2008 Sept. 12.

Grata, Joe. "Port Authority approves outline of drivers' contract."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On-Line 2008 Sept. 12.

Ritchie, Jim. "Port Authority will accept fact-finder's proposal."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review On-Line 2008 Sept. 12.

Ritchie, Jim. "Port Authority, drivers' union to discuss deal."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review On-Line 2008 Sept. 12.

Rujumba, Karamagi. "Onorato urges Port Authority, union to accept deal."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2008 Sept. 12.

Barnes, Tom. "U.S. says no to Interstate 80 tolls."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2008 Sept. 12.

"Port Authority riders blocked from lot."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review On-Line 2008 Sept. 11.

"Transit union delays decision on contract."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review On-Line 2008 Sept. 5.

"Group forms to back drink tax, oppose property levy hike."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On-Line 2008 Aug. 7.

Grata, Joe. "Businesses gearing up for possible transit strike."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2008 Aug. 7.

Vellucci, Justin. "Transit users told to prepare for strike."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2008 Aug. 7.

Grata, Joe. "Groups discussing possible transit strike."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On-Line 2008 Aug. 6.

Vellucci, Justin. "Pittsburgh business leaders offer plans in case of transit strike."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review On-Line 2008 Aug. 6.

Vellucci, Justin. "Drink tax opponents deliver on petitions."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2008 Aug. 6.

Editorial; "Absent efficiency: Some Port Authority workers abuse the system."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2008 Aug. 5.

"Onorato OKs drink tax question for November ballot."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2008 Aug. 5.

Grata, Joe. "Absentees at Port Authority cost plenty."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2008 Aug. 4.

Vellucci, Justin. "Onorato signs off on ballot question."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review On-Line 2008 Aug. 4.

Vellucci, Justin. "Drink tax critics make signature push."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2008 Aug. 4.

Editorial; "Drink tax no-no: The ballot questions are not good choices for voters."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2008 Aug. 3.

"County's drink tax tally at $21 million through July."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review On-Line/AP 2008 Aug. 2.

Editorial; "Drink tax referendum: Toasting temerity."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2008 July 31.

Official Web Site of the Toronto Transit Commission

* Kalinowski, Tess, Noor Javed. "TTC workers on strike."
Toronto Star 2008 April 26.

* Gray, Brian. "TTC deal off the rails."
Toronto Sun 2008 April 26.

* Gray, Jeff, Unnnati Gandhi. "TTC grinds to a halt after union rejects deal."
The Globe and Mail, Toronto 2008 April 26.

* Nurwisah, Ronald. "TTC strike hits unsuspecting city."
National Post On-Line, Toronto 2008 April 26.

* Kalinowski, Tess. "TTC deal awaits key approval."
Toronto Star 2008 April 25.

* Ritchie, Jim. "Bearden mural valued at $15 million."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2008 April 24.

* Kalinowski, Tess. "TTC contract expected to pass vote."
Toronto Star 2008 April 24.

* Grata, Joe. "Union negotiations leave Port Authority finances unsettled."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2008 April 23.

* Ritchie, Jim. "Transit authority anticipates $10 million surplus."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2008 April 23.

* "Riders left out in the cold." Letters-to-the-Editor
Toronto Star 2008 April 23.

* Ritchie, Jim. "Police union sues Port Authority for overtime pay."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2008 April 22.

* "A better way for TTC." Editorial
Toronto Star 2008 April 22.

* James, Royson. "Just how essential is the TTC?" Column.
Toronto Star 2008 April 22.

* "Taxpayers get taken for a ride." Letters-to-the-Editor
Toronto Star 2008 April 22.

* Kalinowski, Tess. "Transit strike averted."
Toronto Star 2008 April 21.

* "On the brink of a transit strike." Letters-to-the-Editor
Toronto Star 2008 April 19.

* Kalinowski, Tess and John Spears. "City braces for TTC strike."
Toronto Star 2008 April 18.

* "TTC an essential service." Editorial
Toronto Star 2008 April 18.

* Benzie, Robert. "Is TTC an essential service?"
Toronto Star 2008 April 18.

* Ritchie, Jim. "Port Authority, union head for showdown."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2008 April 13.

* Ritchie, Jim. "Wood Street station has museum-worthy LeWitt mural."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2008 March 29.

* Walsh, Glenn A. Letter Response to Christopher J. Hess, Assistant General Manager, Legal and Corporate Services, Port Authority of Allegheny County (PAT), Regarding PAT Response to 2007 August 31 Pennsylvania Right-to-Know Law Request. 2008 March 17.

* Ritchie, Jim. "Transit strike possible: Pittsburgh chamber."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2008 March 4.

* 2007 Dec. 28, 12:26 p.m. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On-Line:
Judge won't halt new drink tax
By Karamagi Rujumba

* 2007 Dec. 28, 12:12 p.m. - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review On-Line:
Judge denies drink-tax injunction

* 2007 Dec. 28 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Ruling awaited on new drink tax
With county levy effective Tuesday, foes ask court for an injunction

By Karamagi Rujumba

* 2007 Dec. 28 - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
Lawsuit seeks to delay Allegheny County drink tax
By Bobby Kerlik

* 2007 Dec. 28 - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
Audit blasts $690 million in retiree health benefits
By Jim Ritchie

* 2007 Dec. 27 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Liquor discount to offset drink tax?
Bill would offer restaurant, bar owners steeper savings when they buy alcohol through state store system

By Steve Twedt

* 2007 Dec. 20 - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
Allegheny County transit fares to increase after holidays

* 2007 Dec. 20 - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
Woman hit by bus Downtown

* 2007 Dec. 15 - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
Port Authority plans automated fare system
By Jim Ritchie

* 2007 Nov. 21 - PAT Fare Increase January 1: Final Approval --
The Board of Directors of the Port Authority of Allegheny County (PAT) approved, finally, a series of transit fare rate increases, which will go into effect on 2008 January 1. This includes a 25-cent increase in the base fare for Zone 1 riders, from the current fare of $1.75 to $2.00. While one alternative had been to initiate a flat fare systemwide, with no additional fare zones, PAT management has recommended retaining the three-fare zone system; the Board approved that recommendation on November 21.

More details of PAT system-wide fare increase, scheduled for 2008 January 1 --

Special Note:

To purchase an annual subscription of monthly passes (where one month is free-of-charge), at the lower rate, you must purchase the annual pass subscription (which will be for monthly passes from 2007 December through 2008 November) by December 7--but, it would be better to purchase it by November 30 (so you get full use of the December pass). After December 7, all annual pass subscriptions (beginning with the monthly pass of 2008 January) will be sold at the increased rate. Annual Pass Subscription can be purchased, during regular business hours on weekdays, at the PAT Service Center on Smithfield Street below Mellon Square Park, Downtown.

** PAT News Releases: New Fare Structure, Effective Jan. 1 *** Nov. 21 News Release

** Pittsburgh Tribune-Review On-Line: Increase in bus, T fares approved By Jim Ritchie

* 2007 Nov. 16 - PAT Fare Increase January 1: Tentative Approval --
The Administration and Finance Committee of the Board of Directors of the Port Authority of Allegheny County (PAT) tentatively approved a series of transit fare rate increases, slated to go into effect on 2008 January 1. This includes a 25-cent increase in the base fare for Zone 1 riders, from the current fare of $1.75 to $2.00. While one alternative had been to initiate a flat fare systemwide, with no additional fare zones, PAT management has recommended retaining the three-fare zone system; the Board Committee tentatively approved that recommendation. The entire PAT Board is expected to approve the recommendation on November 21.

More details of PAT system-wide fare increase, scheduled for 2008 January 1 --

** PAT News Releases: Link 1 *** Link 2

** Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On-Line: Bus, trolley fares to go up a quarter By Joe Grata and Jonathan D. Silver

** Pittsburgh Tribune-Review On-Line: Port Authority proposes quarter increase in base fare By Jim Ritchie

* 2007 Oct. 31 - Letter to PAT CEO Stephen G. Bland from Glenn A. Walsh (By Certified Mail, Return-Receipt Requested):
Pennsylvania Right-to-Know Law Request—SECOND ATTEMPT !!! regarding
PAT Abandonment of ALL Rail Service on Penn Station Rail Line (Penn Station to Steel Plaza)

* 2007 Sept. 27 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Peduto wants lawmakers to force parking lot price cuts
By Mark Belko
He also wants to cancel the reduction scheduled for 2009 and dedicate the $2 million it raises to help fund Allegheny County's share of funding for Port Authority of Allegheny County.

* 2007 Sept. 11 - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
Drozd to suggest referendums for Allegheny County taxes
By Justin Vellucci

* 2007 Sept. 6 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Rental car firms voice opposition to new county tax
By Ann Belser

* 2007 Sept. 5 - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
Column: Jake Haulk
New taxes, terrible idea

* 2007 Sept. 4 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Allegheny County Council sets tax hearing
By Ann Belser

* 2007 Sept. 4 - Valley News Dispatch, New Kensington/Tarentum PA:
Editorial
Valley Tuesday Takes -- Bad idea:
Sin tax to support transit

* 2007 Aug. 31 - Letter to PAT CEO Stephen G. Bland from Glenn A. Walsh (By Certified Mail, Return Receipt Requested):
Pennsylvania Right-to-Know Law Request regarding
PAT Abandonment of ALL Rail Service on Penn Station Rail Line (Penn Station to Steel Plaza)

* 2007 Aug. 30 - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
Letter-to-the-Editor: John Petrolias, owner of Smithfield Cafe, Downtown.
Inhospitable tax

* 2007 Aug. 22 - PAT News Release:
Regular Rail Service Resumes September 2
Includes statement briefly announcing abandonment of all light rail service on Penn Station Rail Line (Penn Station to Steel Plaza):
"Ø Both weekday Penn Park “quick getaway” trips will be eliminated;"

* 2007 Aug. 22 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
First taste of drink tax is sour Four restaurant
owners say the levy, intended to support transit, would hurt business

By Ann Belser

* 2007 Aug. 21 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
How bar owners could 'ice' the 10 percent drink tax
By Bill Toland

* 2007 Aug. 7 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Editorial
Transit risk: The drink and rental taxes should get limited use

* 2007 Aug. 4 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Onorato: Use tax on drinks, rental cars to fund transit
By James O'Toole

* 2007 Aug. 3 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Transit cuts bring hardships
By Jasmine Greene, Urban Agenda

* 2007 Aug. 1 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Transit free all day for seniors
By Dan Majors

* 2007 July 31 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On-Line:
Seniors to ride transit for free at all times

* 2007 July 30 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Editorial
Bitter draft: Drinks tax is better than other alternatives

* 2007 July 30 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Letters-to-the-Editor (2)
Issue One: The drink tax

* 2007 July 28 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Transit service cutbacks canceled
Port Authority says $55 million due from state puts it on firmer footing, negating need for 2nd round of cuts

By Jonathan D. Silver

* 2007 July 28 - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
Bus cuts canceled
By Jim Ritchie

* 2007 July 28 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
I-80 toll fight taking alternate route to D.C.
By Jerome L. Sherman and Tom Barnes

* 2007 July 28 - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
Legislator plans to erect roadblock to I-80 toll proposal
By Michael Hasch

* 2007 July 28 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Connected: Communication breakdowns can foul commuters' plans
By David Radin (business consultant and freelance writer)

* 2007 July 27 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On-Line:
Port Authority rescinds cuts, extends university service
By Jonathan D. Silver

* 2007 July 27 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
State's rural stretches carrying the banner against I-80 toll plan
By Tom Barnes

* 2007 July 27 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On-Line:
Port Authority's construction chief is forced out
By Joe Grata

* 2007 July 27 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Editorial
Roadblock: Transit funding unfairly threatened in Congress

* 2007 July 27 - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
T work overseer is victim of reorganization
By Jim Ritchie

* 2007 July 27 - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
Port Authority manager says farewell
By Jim Ritchie

* 2007 July 27 - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
Rendell calls toll resistance 'cop-out'
By Mike Wereschagin

* 2007 July 27 - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
Column: Eric Heyl

Port Authority not filling piggy bank

* 2007 July 26 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Angry Rendell revives turnpike lease
Vote in Congress to block I-80 tolls threatens state's transportation funding plan

By Tom Barnes, Post-Gazette Harrisburg Bureau

* 2007 July 26 - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review On-Line:
D.C. maneuver may take I-80 toll
By Mike Wereschagin

* 2007 July 25 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On-Line:
Rendell revives leasing turnpike if tolling I-80 fails
By Tom Barnes, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

* 2007 July 25 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
2 congressmen move to block tax on rental cars
By Steve Twedt

* 2007 July 25 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Perspectives (op-Ed)
Allegheny County doesn't need a drink tax
We should look for other revenue and reform the Port Authority instead

By State Rep. Chelsa Wagner, D-Brookline, represents the 22nd District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives (www.pahouse.com/wagner).

* 2007 July 27 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Editorial
No stops: Port Authority can't brake for progress

* 2007 July 25 - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
Commentary: Jake Haulk
Another travesty

* 2007 July 24 - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
Editorial: Tuesday Takes
It's not really news that the Port Authority of Allegheny County spends more...

* 2007 July 22 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Drink tax not what either side predicted in Philadelphia
Experience suggests tax here wouldn't kill dining business, wouldn't help, either businesses

By Steve Twedt

* 2007 July 20 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Port Authority needs additional cuts, audit says
By Ann Belser

* 2007 July 20 - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
Port Authority spending blasted
By Justin Vellucci

* 2007 July 20 - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
Port Authority to rescind September services cuts
By Jim Ritchie

* 2007 July 19 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Governor signs bill for PAT transit funding

* 2007 July 19 - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
Allegheny County in driver's seat for transit
By Mike Wereschagin

* 2007 July 19 - The Valley Independent, Monessen, PA:
State budget gives local officials responsibility for Port Authority"
By MIKE WERESCHAGIN

* 2007 July 19 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On-Line:
Study again supports cuts at Port Authority
By Ann Belser

* 2007 July 19 - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review On-Line:
Audit critical of Port Authority
By Justin Vellucci

* 2007 July 19 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On-Line:
Transit stations' futures being plotted
Meetings consider how to develop around LRT stops

By Laura Pace

* 2007 July 18 - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review On-Line:
Gov. Rendell signs transit bill
By Mike Wereschagin

* 2007 July 18 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Transit bill snatched from jaws of defeat
By Tom Barnes, Post-Gazette Harrisburg Bureau

* 2007 July 17 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On-Line:
State House passes Port Authority, hockey arena measures
By Tom Barnes, Post-Gazette Harrisburg Bureau

* 2007 July 17 - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
Editorial: Tuesday Takes
Clever Dan: (Onorato)

* 2007 July 15 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Column: Brian O'Neill
Malls pull out all the stops

* 2007 July 14 - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
Port Authority's transit service cuts still loom
By Jim Ritchie

* 2007 July 13 - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
Allegheny's Onorato to hold drink tax hostage
By Jim Ritchie

* 2007 July 12 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Robinson shuttle service funding on horizon
By Brian David

* 2007 July 12 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
New ideas sought for LRT housing, retail development
By Laura Pace

* 2007 July 11, 4:22 p.m. - The Philadelphia Inquirer On-Line/AP:
NJ Transit approves annual budget, ridership increases
NJ Transit increased fares systemwide by nearly 10 percent in June to help close a budget deficit of about $60 million.

* 2007 July 11 - News Release:
Health Dept. Asked to Study
Air Quality Impacts of Transit Cutbacks

Long-time public transit advocate Glenn A. Walsh addresses [prepared text included] Allegheny County Board of Health asking that the Allegheny County Health Department be directed to study the air quality impacts of service reductions, and fare increases, implemented by Pittsburgh's Port Authority Transit (PAT) system over the last four decades.

* 2007 July 11 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Port Authority gains funding, with strings attached
By Jonathan D. Silver

* 2007 July 11 - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
New taxes could help transit system, Allegheny County
By Mike Wereschagin and Jim Ritchie

* 2007 July 11 - The Philadelphia Inquirer:
$150 million for SEPTA will avert fall fare hikes, service cuts
By Paul Nussbaum

* 2007 July 11 - Philadelphia Daily News:
Budget may have steered SEPTA out of $$ trouble
By DAN GERINGER

* 2007 July 11 - The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Editorial
Editorial | The Pennsylvania Budget
Ugly show, good result

* 2007 July 10, 11:07 a.m. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On-Line:
Pa. budget deal may avert 2nd round of transit cuts
By Jonathan D. Silver

* 2007 July 10 - The Philadelphia Inquirer:
SEPTA imposes pricier commutes
As the new fares took effect, rail passengers were not rattled. Said one city bus rider, however: "That's highway robbery."

By Paul Nussbaum

* 2007 July 8 - The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Commuters brace for a SEPTA fare hike
Starting tomorrow, passengers will pay an average of 11 percent more for their tickets.

By Will Hobson

* 2007 July 7 - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
Alcohol tax measure irks Allegheny County restaurateurs
By Mike Wereschagin

* 2007 July 7 - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
Port Authority's list of cuts shows that some won't get buses
By Jim Ritchie

* 2007 July 6 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On-Line:
2nd round would cut 34 more transit routes

* 2007 July 6, 1:45 p.m. - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review On-Line:
Port Authority lists September route cuts
By Jim Ritchie

* 2007 June 19 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Transit groups touting Dump the Pump Day
By Laura Yao

* 2007 June 19 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Transit riders get by with fewer buses
By Dan Majors

* 2007 June 19 - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
Editorial
The Oil Tax: Gross results

* 2007 June 18 - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
Commuters test leaner Port Authority transit system
By Jim Ritchie

* 2007 June 17, 11:13 a.m. - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review On-Line:
Port Authority service cuts begin today
By Andrew Conte

* 2007 June 17 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Letter-to-the-Editor (third letter on web page)
SEPTA mythology
RICHARD MALONEY, Director of Public Affairs
SEPTA, Philadelphia
SEPTA is the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority

* 2007 June 17 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Cutbacks at strapped Port Authority take effect today
Service will be eliminated on 30 routes and reduced on another 104 in an attempt to cut a $44.6 million deficit

By Jonathan D. Silver

* 2007 June 17 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Allegheny River tunnel project awaits the arrival of a giant borer
UNDER THE RIVER / First in an occasional series

By Mark Roth

* 2007 June 16 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Port Authority will spend nest egg to ease deficit
By Jonathan D. Silver

* 2007 June 16 - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
Editorial
Transit progress

* 2007 June 16 - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
Bus authority puts brake on Pitt discount
By Andrew Conte

* 2007 June 16 - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
Dump truck driver cited in bus accident in Duquesne

* 2007 June 16 - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
Pa. GOP chair: 'no higher taxes, period'
By Brad Bumsted, STATE CAPITOL REPORTER

* 2007 June 15 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On-Line:
Port Authority board gets budget with deficit
By Jonathan D. Silver

* 2007 June 15 - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
Group: Higher realty tax isn't right route
By Kari Andren

* 2007 June 13 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Letter-to-the-Editor
We must build a solid foundation for transit
REP. JOSEPH MARKOSEK
Chairman of the State House Transportation Committee

* 2007 June 13 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Rally presses state for more transit funds
By Tom Barnes, Post-Gazette Harrisburg Bureau

* 2007 June 13 - News Release: Port Authority of Allegheny County:
New Customer Service Hours Effective June 13
PAT Reduces Hours of Downtown Service Center & Telephone Customer Service.

* 2007 June 12 - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
Transit supporters to rally in Harrisburg today

* 2007 June 12 - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
PA. Transit chief gives $5B road slim odds
By Jim Ritchie

* 2007 June 11 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Transit survey to ask riders for opinion of Port Authority
By Ann Belser

* 2007 June 10 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Column: Getting Around
Getting Around: There's little chance of more state aid for transit systems
By Tom Barnes, Harrisburg bureau chief
Longtime Post-Gazette transportation writer and Sunday columnist Joe Grata has broken his leg

* 2007 June 10 - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
Column: By Brad Bumsted, STATE CAPITOL REPORTER
State budget 'crisis' looming

* 2007 June 10 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Fare may go up on buses for seniors, the disabled in Butler County
By Karen Kane

* 2007 June 10 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Pitcairn train depot is the nexus of international commerce in Pittsburgh
By Dan Fitzpatrick

* 2007 June 9 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Port Authority eyes 'smart card' for customers
By Jonathan D. Silver

* 2007 June 9 - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
Port Authority wants bus network redesigned
By Jim Ritchie

* 2007 June 9 - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review/AP:
Dems seek alternatives to Rendell's transit ideas

* 2007 June 8 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On-Line:
Port Authority to study, revamp transit routes
Fare boxes will be replaced by 'smart cards'

By Jonathan D. Silver

* 2007 June 8 - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review On-Line:
Port Authority to revamp city and suburban bus routes
By Jim Ritchie

* 2007 June 8 - News Release: Port Authority of Allegheny County:
Port Authority Announces Connect '09 Initiative

* 2007 June 8 - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
Drivers union willing to open Port Authority contract
By Jim Ritchie

* 2007 June 8 - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
Stall budget over transit, Pa. lawmaker Evans urges Rendell
By Brad Bumsted, STATE CAPITOL REPORTER

* 2007 June 7 - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
Column: By Jack Markowitz
A city can't grow on imagination alone

* 2007 June 4 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Editorial
Road toll: Doing a better job with transportation

* 2007 June 4 - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
Onorato, transit leaders lobby Harrisburg
By Jim Ritchie

* 2007 June 3 - The Tribune-Review, Greensburg PA:
Amish towns: The bus stops here
By Jennifer Reeger

* 2007 June 3 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette/AP:
Coal big factor in state's rank as polluter
Some states produce more than their share of greenhouse gases

By Seth Borenstein

* 2007 June 3 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Budget stalls over spending disputes
State total expected to top $27 billion

By Tom Barnes, Post-Gazette Harrisburg Bureau

* 2007 June - Port Authority Rider Report

* 2007 May 30 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Markosek proposes new toll road agency
By Tom Barnes, Post-Gazette Harrisburg Bureau

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Revised Transit Service Proposal

Revised PAT Service Cuts - Effective Sunday, 2007 June 17
ALSO: PAT Reduces Hours of Downtown Service Center & Telephone Customer Service Effective June 17.

* 2007 April 3 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Allegheny County controller to audit Port Authority
By Joe Grata

* 2007 March 27 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Common plea: Find a way to fund transit
at State House Appropriations sub-committee public hearing.
By Mike Bucsko

* 2007 March 27 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Editorial
Transit solution: Local cuts must be matched by state action

* 2007 March 25 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Getting Around:
Onorato's budget relief may be a $1 'congestion fee'
By Joe Grata

* 2007 March 25 - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
Commentary -
One more rabbit? By Joseph Sabino Mistick
Would you let this man handle your budget? By Eric Heyl

* 2007 March 24 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Phase 1 cuts Port Authority transit 15% in June
Port Authority: 'We've gone as deep as we can go without cutting into the meat and bones of the system'

By Joe Grata
Bus riders still finding plenty to worry about with cutbacks By Chico Harlan
Officials fear more cuts could be on the way By Ann Belser
An overview of the changes at the Port Authority
Port Authority's detailed route proposal (pdf)

* 2007 March 24 - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
Here are the saved, eliminated Port Authority routes
Revised Allegheny Co. transit plan cuts fewer routes By Jim Ritchie
Stranded Allegheny Co. riders fret loss of independence By Tony LaRussa
Westmoreland Co. transit fare hikes, service cuts loom By Rich Cholodofsky

* 2007 March 23 - Pittsburgh Trib p.m.:
Port Authority revises plan for fare, service changes
By Rochelle Hentges

* 2007 March 23 - Port Authority of Allegheny County:
Revised Transit Service Proposal *** News Release: Committee OKs Full Board Vote on Revised Service Proposal

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* 2007 March 23 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Wagner calls for state nominees on transit agency board
By Michael A. Fuoco

* 2007 March 21 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Extra Port Authority transit funding explored
Increased sales tax share, leasing turnpike among options discussed

By Tom Barnes, Post-Gazette Harrisburg Bureau

* 2007 March 21 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Alternate to leasing turnpike unveiled
Commission plan includes toll hikes, 'congestion fee' and charging for traveling on I-80

By Tom Barnes, Post-Gazette Harrisburg Bureau

* 2007 March 21 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Editorial
Retire this: The Port Authority's handsome pension checks

* 2007 March 21 - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
Onorato eyes RAD to pay Allegheny transit's way
By Jim Ritchie

* 2007 March 20 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Rendell touts transportation funding plan
Doing nothing 'is not an option,' he says

By Joe Grata

* 2007 March 20 - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
Funding source sought for Port Authority
By Jim Ritchie

* 2007 March 19 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Port Authority's liberal retirement system adds to money problems
By Joe Grata

* 2007 March 18 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Getting Around: Maybe the good ole days of transit in the county weren't so bad after all
By Joe Grata

* 2007 March 15 - Pittsburgh City Paper:
Letter-to-the-Editor
Serving suburbs wrong road for transit
-- Nicholas Kyriazi, North Side

* 2007 March 14 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Audit shows Port Authority trouble spots
By Joe Grata

* 2007 March 13 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Meeting on Port Authority cuts delayed

* 2007 March 11 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Sunday Forum: Supervise the Port Authority
Former Allegheny County Chief Executive JIM RODDEY thinks the state should create a regional authority to oversee all the transit agencies in southwestern Pennsylvania

By Jim Roddey

* 2007 March 11 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Getting Around: Stats guru shows why state transit support is difficult
By Joe Grata

* 2007 March 11 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Editorial: Saving service: Port Authority's compensation cuts are a start

* 2007 March 10 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Transit workers union offers cost-cutting plan
By Ann Belser

* 2007 March 8 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Rider research pays off in transit detours
By Laura Pace

* 2007 March 8 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Megabus.com promises $1 fare from Pittsburgh to Chicago
By Elwin Green

* 2007 March 7 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Was state tax on oil profits such a good idea?
Lawmakers wonder if the petroleum giants they want to punish will just pass along the cost to motorists in higher gasoline prices

By Tom Barnes, Post-Gazette Harrisburg Bureau

* 2007 March 6 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Port Authority may cut pension perks
Audit urges austerity at transit agency

By Mike Bucsko

* 2007 March 6 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Commuters take transit detours in stride
By Jim McKinnon and Laura Pace

* 2007 March 5 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Cut transit wages, not service, says Matt Drozd
By Tim Grant

* 2007 March 5 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Busway detour gets 1st big test today
Bridge project affects riders for six months

By Linda Wilson Fuoco

* 2007 March 3 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Cuts to transit draw 150 to County Council
Many decry eliminating entire communities from bus service

By Ann Belser

* 2007 March 1 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Report documents the health risks of diesel exhaust for commuters
By Don Hopey

* 2007 March 1 - Pittsburgh City Paper:
Sick Transit
The voices behind the debate over Port Authority service cuts

BY VIOLET LAW

* 2007 Feb. 26 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On-Line:
Bus, trolley riders warned of closing of bridge over Route 51
Palm Garden bridge to shut Sunday for six months to construct new span

By Joe Grata

* 2007 Feb. 25 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On-Line:
Getting Around:
$11 billion for the turnpike / Is it too good to be true?
By Joe Grata

* 2007 Feb. 25 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On-Line:
Forum:
Feeling the pain
The Port Authority understands why so many people oppose reductions in transit service, but reforms are necessary to ensure a better future, says authority chairman JOHN A. BROOKS

By John A. Brooks, Chairman, PAT Boardp> * 2007 Feb. 23 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On-Line:
Port Authority schedules to change

* 2007 Feb. 22 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Transit cuts would endanger jobs
Nursing homes would be particularly hard hit as employees could not get to work

By Jan Ackerman

* 2007 Feb. 22 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Plum Park-n-ride lot closing

* 2007 Feb. 18 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Park-n-ride lot likely to stay open, even if 13K bus is cut
By Len Barcousky

* 2007 Feb. 18 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Letters-to-the-Editor - Issue One:
Port Authority cutbacks

* 2007 Feb. 18 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Forum: Walk a mile ...
Port Authority officials should strap on some blindfolds and try to get to work without some of the routes they plan to cut, says DEBORAH MENDENHALL

By Deborah Mendenhall

* 2007 Feb. 18 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Getting Around:
Stats guru shows why state transit support is difficult
By Joe Grata

* 2007 Feb. 17 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Subway extension cost drops by $1 million
By Joe Grata

* 2007 Feb. 16 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Slick streets and sporadic T here are nothing compared with I-78 traffic jam
Storm's specter lingers

By Dan Majors

* 2007 Feb. 16 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Port Authority says ice storm was too fast for light rail system
By Dennis B. Roddy

* 2007 Feb. 15 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Snowstorm, ice paralyze transit service
LRT stopped by iced wires, buses spotty

By Joe Grata and Jon Schmitz

* 2007 Feb. 14 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Perspectives:
Fix the Port Authority
Then we need to make sure it has reliable state and local funding

By Sen. Jim Ferlo

* 2007 Feb. 14 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Orie vows no more funding for North Shore Connector
By Tom Barnes, Post-Gazette Harrisburg Bureau

* 2007 Feb. 10 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Transit agency changes urged

* 2007 Feb. 9 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On-Line:
Even with new tax, cuts needed, transit boss says
By Joe Grata

* 2007 Feb. 9 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On-Line:
Biehler says 25% cut in bus service is too much
By Joe Grata

* 2007 Feb. 7 - Public Statement of Glenn A. Walsh
At PAT Public Hearing at Memorial Hall, Castle Shannon
Regarding Proposed Service Cuts and Fare Increase
Prepared Text *** Large-Print Version

* 2007 Feb. 4 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Column: Gettting Around Getting Around: Politicians reappear and offer solutions for public transit
By Joe Grata

* 2007 Feb. 2 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Port Authority urged to move to less-expensive office space
By Joe Grata

* 2007 Jan. 27 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Port Authority chief feeling stranded amid fiscal crisis
By Joe Grata

* 2007 Jan. 26, 1:36 p.m. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On-Line:
Politicos, biz leaders skewered for silence on bus cuts
By Joe Grata

* 2007 Jan. 26 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Editorial
Radical plan: Strong public transit is good economic development

* 2007 Jan. 25 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Transit hearing set tomorrow in Moon

* 2007 Jan. 25 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Bus riders worried about proposal to cut 11C route
By Len Barcousky

* 2007 Jan. 24 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Onorato gives 'State of the County' speech
By Ann Belser

* 2007 Jan. 24 - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
State-of-the-county talk centers on transit
By David M. Brown

* 2007 Jan. 23 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Angry riders assail planned mass transit cuts
First of nine hearings on slashing bus routes, raising fares

By Joe Grata, Dan Majors and Brittany McCandless

* 2007 Jan. 23 - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
First of nine transit hearings draws hundreds
By Jim Ritchie

* 2007 Jan. 23 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
More Port Authority hearings

* 2007 Jan. 22 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Port Authority hearings scheduled

* 2007 Jan. 22 - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
Downtown Port Authority rally draws crowd
By David Conti

* 2007 Jan. 22 - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
Decades of transit trouble come to a head
By Jim Ritchie

* 2007 Jan. 22 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
March 4 shutdown set for Route 51 busway bridge
By Joe Grata

* 2007 Jan. 21 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Full house expected for first transit hearings
Seventy to speak on planned cutbacks

By Joe Grata

* 2007 Jan. 21 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Weekly Column
Getting Around: 10 bus and 2 T routes carry 37 percent of transit riders
By Joe Grata

* 2007 Jan. 20 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Huge retiree costs cripple Port Authority
By Joe Grata

* 2007 Jan. 20 - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
Port Authority asks state to take control of Wabash
By Jim Ritchie

* 2007 Jan. 19 - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
Transit proposal ditches 11 city neighborhoods
By Jim Ritchie

* 2007 Jan. 19, 3:52 p.m. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On-Line:
Port Authority has a big retiree health bill
By Joe Grata

* 2007 Jan. 19 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Private firm ready to offer airport bus service
By Joe Grata

* 2007 Jan. 19 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On-Line:
Letters-to-the-Editor
Realistic changes
DEAN S.C. WILLIAMS
Sewickley
(Third letter, of seven, on web page)

* 2007 Jan. 17, 11:52 a.m. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On-Line:
Firm ready to fill gap if airport bus eliminated
By Joe Grata

* 2007 Jan. 16 - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
Editorial
Tuesday takes

* 2007 Jan. 14 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Getting Around: Transit riders should talk to legislators, not Port Authority
By Joe Grata

* 2007 Jan. 14 - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
Column
Return of the streetcar
By Bill Steigerwald

* 2007 Jan. 14 - Valley News Dispatch, Tarentum/New Kensingnton PA:
PennDOT schedules Valley hearing
By Michael Aubele

* 2007 Jan. 13 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Union says transit cuts are too deep
By Joe Grata

* 2007 Jan. 12 - Pittsburgh Business Times:
Port Authority's plan would make ride to work challenging, costly
By Jennifer Curry

* 2007 Jan. 11 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
People face longer rides or none
Transit cuts would leave riders with few options

By David Guo

* 2007 Jan. 11 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Column
Cutting airport bus makes no sense
By Brian O'Neill

* 2007 Jan. 11 - Pittsburgh Courier:
PAT proposes massive cuts, fare hikes
Cuts needed to address $20 million deficit

By Christian Morrow

* 2007 Jan. 11 - Pittsburgh City Paper:
Bus Cuts Unkind
BY CHARLIE DEITCH

* 2007 Jan. 11 - Pittsburgh City Paper:
Weekly Column
Taking a Flyer
Transit cuts take the wrong route

BY CHRIS POTTER

* 2007 Jan. 11 - Valley News Dispatch, Tarentum/New Kensingnton PA:
Editorial
Bus hearing, please

* 2007 Jan. 10 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
PAT faces tough decision on Wabash Tunnel
Closing underused portal would force repayment of about $20 million in aid

By Joe Grata

* 2007 Jan. 10 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Plan to cut transit spurs mighty outcry as hearings loom
By Joe Grata

* 2007 Jan. 10 - The Almanac, South Hills, Pittsburgh:
Routes cut
Weekday routes may drop from 213 to 92; fares up

By Bob Williams

* 2007 Jan. 9 - buskarma news:
service cuts, fare increases, and the bus nannies
By Anukul

* 2007 Jan. 9 - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
Editorial
Tuesday takes

* 2007 Jan. 9 - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
Letter-to-the-Editor
Public failures
Gary Bonacci
Collier

* 2007 Jan. 8 - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
Column
Bland's profitable route?
By Dimitri Vassilaros

* 2007 Jan. 7 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Getting Around: Not all Port Authority transit cuts are easy to explain
By Joe Grata

* 2007 Jan. 7 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Letters-to-the-Editor: Sunday
Issue One: Port Authority Cutbacks

* 2007 Jan. 7 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Editorial: Sunday
Hard ride: It's time to reinvent Port Authority transit

* 2007 Jan. 7 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Transit plans: Painful but needed
By Steve Massey

* 2007 Jan. 7 - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
Port Authority looks to avoid detours
By Jim Ritchie

* 2007 Jan. 7 - City Home News:
Pittsburgh transit riders are upset
By Eric Miller

* 2007 Jan. 6 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Letters-to-the-Editor
* Why can't they strike a deal for ordinary citizens?
* Doesn't compute

* 2007 Jan. 5 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Letters-to-the-Editor
* These draconian transit cuts are indefensible
* Years of waste
* Officials failing us

* 2007 Jan. 5 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
City Council meeting to address transit cuts

* 2007 Jan. 5 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Officials say cutbacks won't gut public transit
By Joe Grata

* 2007 Jan. 5 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Transit cuts here are first step to dedicated state funding
By Tom Barnes, Post-Gazette Harrisburg Bureau

* 2007 Jan. 5 - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
County chief: Transit cutbacks locked in
By Jim Ritchie

* 2007 Jan. 5 - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
Editorial - Weekly "Laurels & Lances"
Pittsburgh Laurels & Lances
(First three paragraphs)

* 2007 Jan. 5 - Valley News Dispatch, Tarentum/New Kensington PA:
Editorial - Weekly "Laurels & Lances"
Valley Laurels & Lances
(First paragraph)

* 2007 Jan. 5 - Philadelphia Inquirer/AP:
Transit to be cut in W. Pa.

* 2007 Jan. 4, 4:29 p.m. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On-Line:
Officials say most will have access after bus cuts
By Joe Grata

* 2007 Jan. 4 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Port Authority transit cutbacks are biggest in history
Onorato: 'Not an easy day'; fewer routes, higher fares, layoffs

By Joe Grata

* 2007 Jan. 4 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Regular Port Authority riders lament transit service cuts
By Dan Majors

* 2007 Jan. 4 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Post-Gazette On-Line Poll Regarding Transit Cuts

* 2007 Jan. 4, 12:14 a.m. - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
Transit plan cuts 60% of bus lines
By Jim Ritchie

* 2007 Jan. 4 - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
Editorial
The Port Authority: Smarm offensive

* 2007 Jan. 4 - Valley News Dispatch, Tarentum/New Kensington PA:
Reaction to port authority cuts
By Charlie Ban

* 2007 Jan. 4 - The Valley Independent, Monessen PA:
Mid-Mon Valley Transit out to increase service
By Chris Buckley

* 2007 Jan. 4 - Pittsburgh Business Times:
Port Authority proposes service cuts, fare hikes
By Jennifer Curry

* 2007 Jan. 3, 2:39 p.m. - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review On-Line:
Port Authority to cut service, raise fares
By Jim Ritchie

* 2007 Jan. 3, 1:56 p.m. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On-Line - By Joe Grata:
Port Authority proposes hiking fares, slashing routes
Also: More than half of bus routes would be eliminated

* 2007 Jan. 3 - Port Authority of Allegheny County (PAT):
News Release
Information on Proposed Fare and Service Changes

* 2007 Jan. 3 - Office of Allegheny County Chief Executive:
News Release
Onorato, Bland Announce Proposed Port Authority Fare and Service Changes, Request Public Input and Comment

* 2007 Jan. 3 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Port Authority revs up threats of deep service cuts, layoffs
For the third time in recent years, bus and rail service are on the chopping block

By Joe Grata

* 2007 Jan. 3 - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
Port Authority bus routes in doubt
By Justin Vellucci

* 2007 Jan. 2 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Commentary
Perspectives: Negative Pittsburgh
Why can't we progress without so much complaining?

By Jason Fincke
Jason Fincke is executive director of the Builders Guild of Western Pennsylvania, Inc., and former chief of staff of the Port Authority of Allegheny County.

* 2006 Dec. 22 - Port Authority of Allegheny County (PAT):
News Release
Changes to Service Scorecard Methodology

* 2005 February 22 - Unsprawl.org:
More "don't ask, don't tell" transit funding, or
a new Pennsylvania solution (California-style)?

If you don't demand accountability when you fund it, you won't get it.
We can learn from the west coast record:
dedicated transit funding that has worked there for over one-third century!
By David Tessitor, Project Director, the American Town & Country Alliance

.html version *** .pdf version (for printing)

* 2000 December 17 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
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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