Organization seeks to preserve Pittsburgh public transit

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PITTSBURGH - A local volunteer organization is fighting to defend and expand Pittsburgh’s public transit system.

Pittsburghers for Public Transit plans to spread awareness for their cause by “going on buses and bus stops and talking to people about what they can do”, according to volunteer Molly Nichols, who spoke with Channel 11’s Vince Sims.

“It’s really just a call for people to come together and help maintain and expand our transit system,” Nichols said.

According to Nichols, the organization encourages the public to contact their local legislatures and to speak to their neighbors about the benefits of maintaining public transportation.

The Rev. Richard Freeman of Pittsburgh Interfaith Impact Network explained that for many people, buses are a matter of convenience, but for many city residents, public transit is the only available form of transportation.

“We have to make our voices known for those who don’t have a voice. Transit is critical,” Freeman said.

Pittsburghers for Public Transit will be joined by other organizations in Harrisburg on Feb. 11 to further raise awareness.