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Local Residents Protest T-Line Cuts

Beechview residents sat at T-line stops Monday during rush hour to protest cuts. In Dormont and Castle Shannon, residents have started petitions.

Beechview residents showed their displeasure at recent cuts to T-line stops along Broadway Avenue by protesting at the stops that were cut.

Residents holding signs that read “Stop for Beechview,” “Taking Traymore is a Travesty,” and similar signs waited at the stops during rush hour Monday morning and afternoon.

In the most recent round of Port Authority cuts, four T-Line stops were pegged for elimination in Beechview—Neeld, Boustead, Coast and Traymore.

According to a June 23 report by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Hampshire stop in Beechview, which also was originally scheduled to be cut, will remain active.

The Kelton stop in also has been cut, sparking concerned residents to start an online petition dedicated to keeping the stop alive.

In Castle Shannon, community members collected 500 signatures in five days on a petition to keep the Smith Road and Martin Villa stops active.

The stops that have been discontinued are: Traymore, Coast, Boustead, Neeld, Kelton, Martin Villa, Santa Barbara, Mine 3, Lindermer, Center and Latimer. T-stop eliminations went into effect Monday, June 25.

On July 1, rates will increase for Zone 1 from $2.25 to $2.50 and for Zone 2 from $3.25 to $3.75.

For more information about service reduction and rates, see the Port Authority website.

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Ed M June 26, 2012 at 11:07 AM
Keeping Hampshire makes no sense! It is in very easy walking distance from Fallowfield and Coast! Coast should have been kept. And Neeld should have been kept and Stevenson should have been eliminated. Once again PAT proves they don't know what they are doing.
Shannon June 26, 2012 at 01:21 PM
We already have a great service in this county for the elderly and those with disabilities: ACCESS (http://www.portauthority.org/paac/RiderServices/ACCESSParatransit.aspx) People need to call that if they can't make it an extra block to their stop, it's that simple.
Gary June 26, 2012 at 08:07 PM
Shannon: That sounds a bit harsh to me. I think ACCESS was intended for the disabled, and that in the long run it costs someone more money. I would also think the elderly enjoy the feeling of independence they get taking the T. All I know is that things better turn around with cutting bus routes, closing post offices and laying off our cival servants like policemen, fire fighters's and medics. Not to mention our teachers.
Joyce June 26, 2012 at 10:27 PM
Shannon, Access is not free nor cheap. You also must schedule your pick up days ahead of time. I hope that Access is never something you have to rely on.
Trisha June 27, 2012 at 03:12 AM
completly true, hampshire and fallowfield are so close together. but yet they take out neeld and boustead, what are these people thinking. we have allot of seniors who moved here because of the trollys.
Shannon June 27, 2012 at 11:33 AM
Would you? Because I watched the ACCESS bus pick people up daily from the senior living high rise with the Potomac T station in the back and three blocks away from a bus stop on West Liberty. I agree, things need to turn around and an unfortunate part of that is the growing pains of figuring out what we can afford to cut while keeping what we absolutely need.
Shannon June 27, 2012 at 11:36 AM
I'm not going to cry about having to schedule a pick up days ahead of time. We all have to schedule lots of things ahead of time. ACCESS is a nationally recognized program and has been duplicated in several cities across the US. Does the program need tweaks? Sure. It's a government program, they always need help. I have family, friends and acquaintances that rely on ACCESS, and I'm glad the program is there for them.
Erin Faulk June 27, 2012 at 12:48 PM
This is an interesting discussion—I think the points being made about scheduling pickups are especially relevant. Think of all the times during the day when we decide to go somewhere at the last minute because a friend called, or because we realized we're missing an ingredient needed to make dinner. It's a bit more challenging to schedule those last-minute things ahead of time. On one hand, many of the stops cut aren't far from other stops. But on the other, it does limit mobility and convenience for those who don't have a car, or aren't able to drive.
Robert June 27, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Noone here seems to understand that the port authority is the worst run business ANYWHERE in the world. All they want is more money.....subsidies...taxes on EVERY drink served in EVERY tavern in allegheny county......fare raises. They give the worst service I have seen in ANY city in the United States. The drivers are ignorant and stop in the middle of the street to pick up and drop off passengers while a parade of vehicles a mile long follows the bus. I have seen drivers ht the gas petal when they see a customer running to not miss the bus and are just about at the bus stop. They seem to take pleasure in causing agony to the folks who support the business that has made the drivers wealthy(along with thier fat derriers). What hold does this port authoruty have on our city? Why don't we just tell them they are no longer needed here and find a company that at least knows how to run a business. This authority has been sapping our city for decades and decades. How long are we going to put up with that poor imitation of a business? ENOUGH is ENOUGH.
Ed M June 27, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Right on the money Robert. Their service is only going to get worse with all the route cuts. The elimination of T stops won't save diddly.
Robert June 27, 2012 at 05:11 PM
The only bright side to that Ed is.........how much worse can it possibly get? I just followed a bus for about a mile on brownsville rd. It stopped in middle of street on 2 stops and on a third stop the female driver pulled halfway over to the curb........the traffic jam behind the bus scurried to get around it but wen that driver was finished she cut right smack dab into the line that was trying to pass her. I thought she was going to run one poor woman into oncomming traffic.....which had the sense to stop so the woman would be safe. The bus driver would have been delighted to run the woman into oncomming traffic. I have seen that same situation over and over again. I often wonder if they teach thier operaters to drive. I would never EVER ride one of thos buses .....and put my life in thier hands. Does anyone know how many people have been injured due to those bad driving porters? How do they get insurance? Or do they even have any?
Ed M June 27, 2012 at 05:42 PM
It can get a lot worse Robert. PAT's upcoming cuts to service could be the beginning of the end for PAT. It costs less for people to ride in from Westmoreland & Butler counties than it does to ride 5 mile on PAT.
Robert June 27, 2012 at 07:15 PM
That is thier famous remedy.........CUT SERVICE and RAISE FARES. They have been doing it FOREVER. The service wasn't good when times were good. They NEVER took in to consideration nor cared about the needs of the people who patronized them. In between fare raises and service cuts they were the best ever at demanding subsidies from the tax payers. It has long been my goal to have a business like the port authority. Oh how great life would be.
B L June 27, 2012 at 07:41 PM
Seriously people, all the stops they made were out of control. Its taken up to 45 mins from Dormont to the NOrth Shore. I could ride a bike there faster. The cuts were smart. Now maybe argue they could have done one and not the other, but cutting a few stops to speed up the T makes life easier for many more than the few people that this change affects, You say the PAT is the worst run business? I would argue they are pretty smart. They realize they cant run the way things are, so chnages have to be made. The stops eliminated were so irrelevant that i cant belive people are complaining,
Gary June 27, 2012 at 08:21 PM
Shannon it seems to me that your position in both cases would be "Out with the old and in with the new.". It also appears to me that you drive.
Gary June 27, 2012 at 08:34 PM
I was talking with my daughter the other day, who happens to enjoy using public transportation... And I was telling her it might be a good idea for the port authority to charge higher rates- as much as $5 for a trip on the bus for occasional riders. But at the same time make the regular riders- those who purchase passes, get a really good discount. The way I'm looking at it is that when an occasional rider takes the bus, they'd pay a lot more for a cab, or even the gas money offered to a friend. Of course I think this might have been the idea behind passes in the first place. Only something went wrong. Possibly a little too much greed?
Ed M June 27, 2012 at 08:40 PM
I'd like to see you try to ride the same route in 45 minutes, BL. I agree there have been too many stops but eliminating the ones they eliminated is not gonna save any $$$$. And I doubt if service will improve.
Robert June 28, 2012 at 11:27 AM
GREED used to be the porta authoritys middle name.......Now it is thier FIRST name.

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