†††† 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: < https://andrewcarnegie2.tripod.com/transit >
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.
am here today to urge this Commission to approve the transit funding proposal
put forward by Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell for three primary reasons:
There are several suburban and rural public transportation systems, in the Southwestern
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
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.
Finally, it must be remembered that the City of Pittsburgh is the hub of the Southwestern
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 Pennsylvania region.
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
urge the Southwestern
Commission to vote to approve the transit funding plan proposed by Pennsylvania
Governor Ed Rendell.