NEWS RELEASE

 

For immediate release: 2004 November 4

For more information -- Glenn A. Walsh --

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PUBLIC HEARING “LEGAL FORMALITY”

  WHILE PAT WASTES MONEY ON HOTEL BALLROOM

 

Pittsburgh, Nov. 4 – The Port Authority of Allegheny County considers today’s public hearing, on transit fare increases and service cuts, “simply a legal formality, and the Port Authority is really not interested in hearing from the public,” according to long-time public transit advocate Glenn A. Walsh. Mr. Walsh documents this statement by citing the scheduling of only one day of public hearings (due to the high cost of renting a large hotel ballroom) and the reduction in the speaker time limit from 5 minutes to 3 minutes (all PAT rate hike hearings, prior to 2003, allowed speakers 5 minutes to speak).

 

Mr. Walsh criticized PAT for holding this public hearing in an expensive hotel ballroom, when the County Courthouse Gold Room, or a high school auditorium, would have been much less expensive. Mr. Walsh notes that, despite the Port Authority’s financial problems, PAT continues to waste taxpayers’ money on this hotel ballroom, and on the proposed abandonment of a $2 million never-used rail car storage yard at Penn Station.

 

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TO READ THE ENTIRE PUBLIC HEARING STATEMENT BEFORE PAT, BY GLENN A WALSH –

 

PREPARED STATEMENT:

< http://andrewcarnegie2.tripod.com/transit/statements/ST-PAThearing2004.htm >

 

LARGE-PRINT VERSION:

< http://andrewcarnegie2.tripod.com/transit/statements/ST-PAThearing2004LP.htm >

 

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Glenn A. Walsh
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