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Dozens gather at street corner to demand fair bus fares from Port Authority

WILKINSBURG, Pa. — A demonstration Tuesday morning demanded fair bus fares from the Port Authority of Allegheny County.

Dozens of people, including some lawmakers, gathered at a street corner near the East Busway Wilkinsburg Station.

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The demonstrators want the Port Authority to address what they say are clear disparities. They’re pushing for an overhaul of the current fare system, including fare capping and free transfers.

“We need to be transforming it for the better and not putting an even heavier burden on our marginalized poor working-class community,” Briann Moye, of Pittsburgh For Public Transit, said.

The Port Authority released the following statement:

“Port Authority is committed to providing fast, efficient and equitable public transit throughout Allegheny County. Last year, our Board hired a fare consultant to review our fare structure and policy and make recommendations, and we are in the midst of a county-wide listening forum during which we want to hear from our neighbors about what they want and need from their public transit system. We are open to any and all ideas as long as those ideas are able to preserve and grow our system. Members of the public are invited to our next public engagement discussion on Wednesday at the Kingsley Center or any of the following ones.”