†††† Statement before†††††††††††††††††† Glenn
††† ††††Commission:††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††† Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15230-1041 U.S.A.
††† Governor Rendellís ††††††††††††††††† Telephone: 412-561-7876
††††† Transit Funding††††††††††††††† Electronic Mail: < email@example.com
††††††††† Proposal†††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† Internet Web Site: < http://andrewcarnegie2.tripod.com/transit >
Good afternoon. I am Glenn A. Walsh of 633
Royce Avenue, Mount
Lebanon. I have been an advocate of public transportation for more
than 25 years. I was a charter member of the Allegheny County Transit Council,
serving from 1984-1989. Today, I am representing no formal organization.
I am here today to urge this Commission to approve the
transit funding proposal put forward by Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell for
three primary reasons:
1) There are several suburban and rural public
transportation systems, in the Southwestern Pennsylvania
region outside of Allegheny County,
which will also benefit from the approval of the Governorís funding plan. Quite
a few people who reside outside of Allegheny County
depend on these public transit systems.
2) Quite a few people who reside outside of Allegheny County also
use the Port Authority Transit (PAT) system, as PAT bus routes do extend into
Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Washington, and
Westmoreland counties. Next month, when the new parking garage opens at the
South Hills Village Rail Station, it is likely that even more people from Washington County will
be utilizing the Port Authority of Allegheny County.
3) Finally, it must be remembered that the City of Pittsburgh is
the hub of the Southwestern Pennsylvania
region. Public transportation is absolutely vital for the efficient and
effective operation of a major city in the twenty-first century. The collapse
of public transportation in Pittsburgh
would result in a drastic decline in economic activity in Pittsburgh,
which would inevitably extend into the Southwestern
Without the implementation of a public transit funding
plan, similar to the one proposed by Governor Rendell, public transit in Pittsburgh will
continue a downward spiral of fare increases and service cuts leading to
reduced ridership and declining earned revenue by the transit system. This will
lead to a collapse of the public transit system in Pittsburgh,
which will have major adverse economic impacts throughout the Southwestern
I urge the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission to vote to
approve the transit funding plan proposed by Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell.