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2009 October 19
Board of Directors, Port Authority of
Heinz 57 Center/Gimbels Landmark Building
You may have noticed that not only did I miss all of the Port Authority Board and Committee meetings last month, I also missed arguably one of the most important public hearings in PAT’s history. This was regrettable but unavoidable.
At an earlier PAT Board Committee meeting, I had convinced Steve Bland to delay the public hearing from August to September, as many people are on vacation in August. Ironically, the public hearing was then scheduled for September 15.
That very evening, I was the guest speaker at the reopening of a historic
Carnegie Library in suburban
When I realized I would not return to
I was in
It was obvious to me that billions of dollars were spent on this rail system, and they spared no expense to make it a first-class rapid rail system. They spent the money to do it right!
I was in
On the same day, they formally adopted color-coding for their rail lines. The colors remained the same as had been displayed on maps for years, except that what had been the orange line on maps became the Yellow Line. Previously, they simply used cardinal points to name their rail lines [e.g. North-South, East-West}.
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My extensive use of the transit system included extensive use of their smart-card system, called the “Breeze” card. I found that their smart-card worked well, provided people knew the proper way to use it. Problems could occur if it was not “tapped” the proper way.
Overall, it was a very informative trip, clearly illustrating how a fast-growing city can design and implement, over the last 30 years, a well-working rapid rail system.
Glenn A. Walsh
Attachments: American Libraries Magazine article: "Georgia Town Returns to Its Carnegie Library Roots."
Copy: Steve Bland
Jon Wilson Smith
John D. Weinhold