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Oakland to Downtown 2009
Good morning. I am
Glenn A. Walsh of 633 Royce Avenue,
Mt. Lebanon. Today I am speaking as a
private citizen representing no organization.
Regarding Bills 1015
& 1016: “Traffic Study—Inner City Transit Options,” which you will discuss
today. I strongly support Bill Peduto’s proposal to
initiate commuter rail service serving Oakland
and other city neighborhoods. Actually, I first proposed commuter rail service in
this corridor back in 1979, at a public hearing in McKeesport regarding the
Port Authority’s Monongahela Valley Commuter Rail Service—the PATrain.
At that time, the PATrain ran from Versailles
with stops in Braddock and Hazelwood, to a terminus at the old B&O Commuter
Station at Grant Street
and First Avenue.
PAT was always bemoaning the lack of sufficient ridership on
the PATrain, so at the public hearing I suggested
that the train be rerouted through Oakland to a new terminus at Penn Station,
Downtown. This would provide commuters with better access to the
Downtown office district and would allow a new commuter station in Oakland—both should
In the mid-1980s,
with CSX planning to sell their Grant
Street rail station, my proposal was seriously
considered, with operation of the PATrain possibly
given to Amtrak. However, in 1989, Port Authority decided to abandon the PATrain to save money.
I would suggest that,
in addition to a Lawrenceville rail station, that this new rail service be extended to a terminus at Penn Station, Downtown. The
additional distance would not take much time, but it could significantly
increase ridership which would make this rail service much more financially
viable. A rapid commuter rail service, between Downtown and Lawrenceville, Oakland, and Hazelwood,
would provide even greater transportation flexibility in the city.