Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Proposed fare increases to lead to bonus public comment, public hearing opportunities

Due to the revised fare proposal the Port Authority of Allegheny County decided to open an additional public comment period as well as to schedule another public hearing. This is another opportunity for riders to tell the public officials who are responsible for funding how the proposed fare will impact their budgets and livelihoods.
If approved, the proposed fares will become effective starting with January 1st 2011. And yet, service cuts will still be expected to become reality in March if new funding resources are not found by then. Since this is not only a regional problem - bigger transit agencies such as MTA had just increased their fares by 7.5% again [1] - your comment is most important.
The public comment period opened today and it will close on November 12th at 4pm.
You can either mail your comment on the fare proposals to: Port Authority Fare Proposals, Heinz 57 Center, 345 Sixth Avenue, Floor 3, Pittsburgh PA 15222. Or you can use the on-line comment form. [ To use the on-line comment form click here. ]
The public hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, November 3, 2010 from 9 am to 11 am. To pre- register for it call 412-566-5437 (TTY 412-231-7007) from 9 am to 3:30 pm on weekdays. Keep in mind that you only have three minutes to make your point so prepare your speech ahead of time. The location for the public hearing : Port Authority’s Neal H. Holmes Board Room on the 5th floor of Heinz 57 Center. [For directions use this address: 345 Sixth Avenue, Pittsburgh 15222]

More information on the proposed fares and the public hearing are found on the Port Authority’s website.

[1]Amanda Fiscina and James Summersille for Smithtown Patch: MTA Approves Latest Rounds of Fare Hikes

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