Anger at turnpike tolls could increase transportation funding woes

Anger at turnpike tolls could increase transportation funding woes

From Valley Forge to Breezewood to New Stanton, truckers, commuters and joy-riders are paying six percent more out of their pocket to drive on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

The increase, effective January 6, isn’t just bothering motorists, it’s also caught the ire of the state’s chief executive, Gov. Tom Wolf.

“People using the turnpike are paying too much,” Wolf said in a late 2018 interview with KDKA Radio. “The turnpike is driving business away.”

The toll increase, a product of a decade old state law, is also driving a wedge between trucking groups that feel hosed by excessive rates and mass transit advocates who see them as essential to a millennial economy.
Thursday, January 10, 2019/Author: Stephany Dugan
Categories: News and Views
Public transit advocates rally for fare equity

Public transit advocates rally for fare equity

With hopes of gaining lower fares and greater access, about 30 activists and riders gathered in front of a downtown Pittsburgh light rail station Friday, to call on the authority to enact reforms to ease the burden on low-income riders.

For Laura Wiens, director of transportation advocacy group Pittsburghers for Public Transit, the problem with the Port Authority of Allegheny County is a moral one because she portrays the county bus lines as lifelines for the over 200,000 people in the county that rely upon them.

Friday, December 7, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
In Pittsburgh, House Transportation Committee hears testimony on public transit

In Pittsburgh, House Transportation Committee hears testimony on public transit

The House Transportation Committee met at the John Heinz History center to hear about the state of transportation in Western Pennsylvania Tuesday afternoon.

 Rep. John Taylor (R-Philadelphia), chairman of the committee, said that the committee's goal was to get to different parts of the commonwealth to gain perspective on the state of mass transportation and understand what the industry needs the most.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
DePasquale to audit Port Authority of Allegheny County

DePasquale to audit Port Authority of Allegheny County

“Through this audit my team will review the Port Authority’s operation and, if necessary, make recommendations to improve how it can better support the growing economy in greater Pittsburgh,” DePasquale said in a release. 

The report will focus specifically on the authority’s hiring practices for police officers and drivers, as well as how the Port Authority manages its service routes. 
Friday, March 2, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Future plans for Pittsburgh transit define 35th House District special election race

Future plans for Pittsburgh transit define 35th House District special election race

While many American political races often become referendums on issues like abortion or gun control, the campaign to fill former Representative Marc Gergely’s seat is divisive because of a different issue: bus routes.

Austin Davis, a Democrat, and Fawn Walker-Montgomery, a Republican, are facing off in the January 23 special election to replace Gergely, a Democrat, after he resigned last fall over criminal charges related to an illegal gambling ring.

Friday, January 19, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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