• Riders rally downtown for more Port Authority bus service

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    PITTSBURGH - Transit riders, workers and supporters rallied for adequate bus service Friday morning outside downtown Pittsburgh’s Wood Street T station.

    “What do we want? Bus service! When do we want it? Now!” the group chanted.


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    Bus routes have been cut over the last few years because the Port Authority says it doesn’t have the funding to maintain them.

    Charlotte Foster said she had trouble keeping a nurse to care for her father in his Penn Hills home.

    “Three of them eventually had to quit or resign because the bus service was not adequate or able to meet their needs to care for my dad and get home in a safe and timely manner,” Foster said.

    Stacey Chandler said there aren’t enough buses that run through Garfield.

    “People want to go shopping, and they can't carry them bags up them hills,” she said.

    Friday’s rally was followed by a march to a Port Authority board meeting, where a standing-room-only crowd spoke of the need for improved transit service.

    “We hear them. We want to put service there but, again, the funding we have in place today is limited, so we need to preserve what we have to last for as many years as possible with the money we have,” Port Authority spokesman Jim Ritchie said.

    The board will review the requests from riders and decide in the spring which routes it will be able to accommodate.

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