P.O. Box 1041

                                                                                                Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15230-1041

                                                                                                Telephone: 412-561-7876

                                                                                                Electronic Mail: < gawalsh@planetarium.cc >

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                                                                                                2007 August 31


Mr. Stephen G. Bland, Chief Executive Officer

Port Authority of Allegheny County

Heinz 57 Center/Gimbels Landmark Building

345 Sixth Avenue, Third Floor

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222-2527


RE: Pennsylvania Right-to-Know Law Request


Dear Steve:


Under the terms of the Pennsylvania Right-to-Know Law [Act of June 21, 1957, P.L. 390, No. 212, 60 P.S. 66.1 et seq., as amended], I hereby request that the following information be sent to me at the above address:


1)  Ridership level statistics (this could come from, what has been referred to as, the “Rainbow Report”) for the two (Note: there are only two such runs) weekday afternoon Light Rail Transit runs from Penn Station to South Hills Village via Beechview, Dormont, and Mount Lebanon (I believe this route is referred to as 42P Penn Station to South Hills Village), for the last five fiscal years (i.e. Fiscal Years 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007).


2) Staff justification for the elimination of all rail service on, what is known as, the Penn Station Line (i.e. Light Rail Transit line from Penn Station to Steel Plaza).


3) Port Authority’s future plans for the Penn Station Line (i.e. Light Rail Transit line from Penn Station to Steel Plaza) and the Light Rail Transit station at Penn Station.


4) Port Authority’s future plans for the seven-track, Mid-Day Rail Car Storage Yard (i.e. five stub tracks and a loop track originally designed for PCC streetcars that can now serve as two additional storage tracks), which was constructed in the late 1980s and since that time has never been utilized for its intended purpose (or for any other purpose for that matter) !


Please note that the Pennsylvania Right-to-Know Law was amended at the end of 2002 June, by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; this amendment took effect, legally, on 2002 December 26. This amendment provides for the expeditious response, by government agencies, to requests from the public for information.


In the case of non-Commonwealth of Pennsylvania agencies, the response to Pennsylvania Right-to-Know Law requests “shall not exceed five business days from the date the written request is RECEIVED.” I will look forward to the Port Authority of Allegheny County complying with the amended State law.


Sincerely yours,




Glenn A. Walsh




Copy:     Members of the Board of Directors, Port Authority of Allegheny County

                Dan Onorato, Chief Executive, County of Allegheny

                Members, County Council, County of Allegheny