Board of Directors,
2012 September 28
Good morning. I am Glenn A. Walsh, 633 Royce Avenue, Mt. Lebanon, a regular
Light Rail and bus rider who has chosen not to drive a motor vehicle since 1985, to
help save energy, protect the environment, and reduce city traffic congestion. I
have been an active transit advocate for more than 30 years, including 3 terms on
the Allegheny County Transit Council as a Charter Member. Today, the views
expressed by me are my own and do not reflect those of any organization.
In 2003, I addressed the Port Authority Board asking that a walkway be built to the
new Wilkinsburg Station from the original inbound station platform (attached is
my 2003 statement). This would provide a seamless walk for Wilkinsburg residents
coming from the south side of Penn Avenue, and a wheelchair ramp from
Wilkinsburg's Pennsylvania Railroad Station would allow the disabled to reach the
new station without crossing busy Penn Avenue at-grade. And, my request was
supported, unanimously, by Wilkinsburg Borough Council!
PAT officials refused to consider such a walkway, stating that pedestrians crossing
the bus layover area would be in danger. Yet, they did not consider the danger of
pedestrians crossing busy Penn Avenue at-grade, often away from a legal cross-
walk, since any pedestrian accidents on Penn Avenue would not affect PAT's legal
Well, I do not get to Wilkinsburg often, but I was there last month. And, to my
surprise, the walkway I wanted to have built, which PAT refused to build, has now
been built! I do not understand why it took the Port Authority nearly a decade to
understand the value of this walkway to the residents of Wilkinsburg, but I guess
better-late-than-never! So, I want to thank the Port Autority for finally building
this needed walkway.
By the way, a large sign at the Hay Street Stop indicates that there is no pedestrian
access to the Wilkinsburg Station. This sign needs to be replaced with a sign
indicating that there now is pedestrian access to the Wilkinsburg Station!
Attachment: Public Statement Before Port Authority of Allegheny County Board of Directors: “Enhanced Pedestrian Access to New Wilkinsburg Busway Station.” 2003 January 24.
Glenn A. Walsh
P.O. Box 1041
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15230-1041 U.S.A.
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