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Port Authority schedules fare changes public hearing

 


Port Authority of Allegheny County has scheduled two public hearings to accept testimony on its transit fare proposal, which aims to simplify its system and lower fares for about a quarter of its current ridership.

The hearings will be held from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. and 3:30 - 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 24 at the William Penn Ballroom inside the Omni William Penn Hotel, Downtown, and from 3 - 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8 at the Connolly Ballroom inside Alumni Hall in Oakland.

The authority’s board is considering a policy that would replace the current multi-zone system with a single zone that would cost all riders $2.50 with a ConnectCard regardless of their destination; instate a 25 cents surcharge for riders paying with cash; move to a pay-on-enter system; eliminate the free Downtown bus zone; offer new products; and charge riders $2 for a ConnectCard on Jan. 1, 2017.

A second phase that would allow the Authority’s light rail to also switch to a pay-on-enter and cashless proof-of-payment system would begin in the second half of 2017.

The proposed changes to the state’s second-largest public transit system came as a result of overwhelming input from riders and authority employees.

Those wishing to sign up to speak at the public hearings can register by calling 412-566-5187 or 412-231-7007 for TTY. Speakers will be limited to three minutes.

Additionally, comments on the proposal will be accepted Feb. 1 through March 31 at http://www.portauthority.org, farepolicy@portauthority.org or via U.S. Mail at Port Authority of Allegheny County, Attn: Fare Policy Proposal, 345 Sixth Ave. Third Floor, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15222.

The board will take the testimony into consideration before making a final decision in the spring.

 

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