Pittsburgh group lays out platform for equitable transit service

A Pittsburgh community group has laid out a four-pillar platform for improving access to the city’s public transportation network for disadvantaged residents. The Pittsburghers for Public Transit’s “Riders’ Vision” includes calls to expand availability of prepaid fare cards and free transfers.
The group also says that a busway should be extended through certain neighborhoods in the city, a project that has been put on hold by the local government. The platform also calls for better alignment between housing and transit authorities to ensure dense public housing is built along transit routes, and vice versa.
Pittsburghers for Public Transit announced their initiative at a rally Monday, which also celebrated a successful effort to preserve bus service for residents in the Monongahela Valley, which had been threatened with funding cuts.