Port Authority Labor Negotiations... yeah, that sounds familiar
Here is the transit metric of the day. This may seem counterintuitive, but really isn't. A new report ranks the savings per per person for folks to take public transit and Pittsburgh comes in last. Consider a couple things. We are only on that list because we are in a list of the top 20 places ranked by ridership (for now that is... see my previous post on the trends)... I suspect we rank low because congestion here is so low which blunts the public transit savings in part. That may be the real story about why support for public transit in Pittsburgh is at all time lows. The forces who dislike public transit are aided a lot by just how we have sprawled out without the penalty of congestion of most other places. What is amazing a bit is that the cost metric seems to take into account out parking costs which most consider high, so even taking that into account the costs of commuting by car here are not that high. The savings calculated for Pittsburgh come to over $8,500 per year per rider.
As for transit ridership trends, you have to wonder what the future holds. The site PittsburghGasPrices.com reports at least one public retail gas outlet selling at $2.75/gallon in the region. That and the opening of 1,000 new parking spaces at the Grant Street
Transportation Center Parking Lot can only work to pull commuters back into their cars. Remember when it was really intended to be a multimodal transit center? or was it? For mh or anyone who cringes at the mere mention of billboard's downtown.. there is a great quote about the future Grant Street Transportation Center in this article from 2003.