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

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

PAT Fare Increase Will Go Into Effect 2008 January 1

2007 Philadelphia Public Transit Funding Crisis

News Regarding North Shore Connector
Rapid Transit Extension Project

Proposed Elevated Pedestrian Walkway: Convention Center to Penn Station
Pittsburgh * 2006 July

Proposed Commuter Rail Service:
Oakland and Nearby Pittsburgh Neighborhoods

2009 January

History of Pittsburgh Commuter Rail Service:
Monongahela Valley Commuter Rail Service - The PATrain

2009 Janury

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

News Articles Regarding Averted Pittsburgh [PAT] Public Transit Strike - 2005

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Walsh, Glenn A. "Paratransit Should Be Used If PAT Cuts Transit Service." Blog Posting.
SpaceWatchtower 2012 March 2.
Statement Before Board of Directors, Port Authority of Allegheny County:
Proposed Transit Service Cuts - 2012 February 29.

Walsh, Glenn A. "PAT Prepares for Fare Increase & Drastic Service Cuts." Blog Posting.
SpaceWatchtower 2012 Jan. 19.

Walsh, Glenn A. "Revised Fare Adjustment Proposal - 2010 October."
Public Comments Submitted to Port Authority Public Relations Director Jim Ritchie 2010 Oct. 31.

Walsh, Glenn A. "Service Reduction & Fare Increase Proposal - 2010 August."
Public Comments Submitted to Port Authority Public Relations Director Jim Ritchie 2010 Aug. 15.

Walsh, Glenn A. "Discount Transit Fares in Jan. for Non-County Riders." Address.
Legislative Session: Allegheny County Council 2009 November 17.

Walsh, Glenn A. "Official Public Comment: TDP."
Public Comments Submitted to Port Authority Staff Planner David Wohlwill 2009 Sept. 29.

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

Walsh, Glenn A. "Commuter Rail Service Through Oakland to Downtown." Public Statement
Meeting of Pittsburgh City Council Standing Committees 2009 Jan. 7.

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 Aug. 16 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Letters-to-the-Editor
What's unconscionable is the condition of buses - THERESA PETROCELLY, Stowe
More than enough (Pension of former PAT CEO Paul Skoutelas) - ANNA MARIE CASTROVILLARI, Beechview
(North Shore Connector) Key to expansion (of Light Rail Transit System north) - JOHN D. WEINHOLD, Beechview

* 2007 Aug. 8 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Transit chief got padded pension
Port Authority paid $181,530 to add 11 years to Skoutelas' service time

By Joe Grata

* 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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Walsh, Glenn A. "Paratransit Should Be Used If PAT Cuts Transit Service." Blog Posting.
SpaceWatchtower 2012 March 2.
Statement Before Board of Directors, Port Authority of Allegheny County:
Proposed Transit Service Cuts - 2012 February 29.

Schmitz, Jon. "Subway's new station is flooded with light and history."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2012 Feb. 19.

Fontaine, Tom. "Rail line developers seek Port Authority's advice."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2012 Jan. 28.

Fontaine, Tom. "Transit funding a state issue, Port Authority chief says."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2012 Jan. 28.

Walsh, Glenn A. "PAT Prepares for Fare Increase & Drastic Service Cuts." Blog Posting.
SpaceWatchtower 2012 Jan. 19.

Schmitz, Jon. "Commuter rail gaining steam."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2010 Nov. 5.

Fontaine, Tom. "Riders assail transit fare hikes."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2010 Nov. 4.

Walsh, Glenn A. "Revised Fare Adjustment Proposal - 2010 October."
Public Comments Submitted to Port Authority Public Relations Director Jim Ritchie 2010 Oct. 31.

Walsh, Glenn A. "Service Reduction & Fare Increase Proposal - 2010 August."
Public Comments Submitted to Port Authority Public Relations Director Jim Ritchie 2010 Aug. 15.

Roddy, Dennis. "Tom Corbett vs the Train." Blog.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On-Line 2010 April 29.

Walsh, Glenn A. "Discount Transit Fares in Jan. for Non-County Riders." Address.
Legislative Session: Allegheny County Council 2009 November 17.

Walsh, Glenn A. "Official Public Comment: TDP."
Public Comments Submitted to Port Authority Staff Planner David Wohlwill 2009 Sept. 29.

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

Walsh, Glenn A. "Commuter Rail Service Through Oakland to Downtown." Public Statement
Meeting of Pittsburgh City Council Standing Committees 2009 Jan. 7.

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.

McKinnon, Jim. "Transit police try to stem rash of busway robberies."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2008 Sept. 18.

* Rujumba, Karamagi. "Allegheny County to expand busway mural project."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2008 April 25.

* Ove, Torsten. "Judge throws out pension suit against Port Authority."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2008 April 17.

* Grata, Joe. "Getting Around: Port Authority ridership up as gasoline prices increase." Column.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2008 April 13.

* Grata, Joe. "Getting Around: Another sign emerges that Act 44 was ill-advised." Column.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2008 April 6.

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

* Donahoo, Melanie. "$500,000 rehab revives Edgewood's landmark rail depot."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2008 March 27.

* 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.

* Vellucci, Justin. "Development around T stations will spur economy, officials say."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2008 March 13.

* Vellucci, Justin. "Study shows how growth may fit around T stations."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2008 March 6.

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

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 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: “Don’t 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:
Don’t 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!]!

* 2005 January 4 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Transit managers cash in on pensions
TRANSIT: A PRICE TO PAY / Last of a series

By Joe Grata

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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