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Health Dept. Asked to Study

Air Quality Impacts of Transit Cutbacks


Pittsburgh, July 11 – The Allegheny County Board of Health has been asked to direct the Allegheny County Heath Department to conduct a quantitative study of the air quality impacts of public transit service reductions, and transit fare increases, implemented by Pittsburgh’s Port Authority Transit (PAT) system over the last four decades. Long-time public transit advocate, and Mt. Lebanon resident, Glenn A. Walsh made the request in prepared remarks before the Board of Health at their regular meeting on Wednesday afternoon.


The most recent transit service cutbacks, a service reduction of 15 percent, were implemented by PAT on June 17. Despite additional State transit funding, all but assured by the recent State budget agreement, PAT continues to plan for a transit fare increase effective Jan. 1.


Prepared remarks of Mr. Walsh, before the Board of Health

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Note to Editors and Reporters: Mr. Walsh’s presentation will occur during the regular meeting of the Allegheny County Board of Health on Wednesday, July 11, 2007 at 12:00 Noon, at the Clack Health Center, Building 7 of the Health Department complex in Lawrenceville, located at the corner of 39th Street and Penn Avenue.




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