Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Transit access deserts

Something it looks like I drafted, but never posted.  Since I am traveling I thought I would put it up. 

PG a couple months ago:  "Private transit service from the North Hills to Downtown Pittsburgh has attracted only a fraction of the riders that Port Authority carried before it eliminated the routes in March. Literally a fraction.  The article says the new private routes have attracted 1/16th of the riders the Port Authority had. Does anyone in the far North Hills of Allegheny County take transit (public or private) any longer I wonder?

The question is why was anyone expecting anything different?  The examples where this has been tried elsewhere have shown similar results. Actually that example is a bit different and more akin to a legalized 'jitney' service.  Jitneys R us of course.  Maybe jitneys are taking up the slack in all the Port Authority cuts in recent years? Who knows? 

But hey, the local news story is from a couple months ago now.  Maybe things have picked up since then?   and I still wonder why nobody ever follows up with what is up with: www.pittsburgh-oaklandconnector.com/.
Maybe it is moving forward? Maybe it was abandoned?  But very little in the public record since it was announced with some fanfare. Strange. There is one snippet in the news, and we are now halfway through the 2.5 year timeline it mentions. So maybe we are on the verge of a big new announcement?  Maybe it all could be a topic for the ACE race that some believe is going on.   

7 Comments:

Anonymous MH said...

Is it really a transit desert if you're talking about some place where it is basically impossible to live without a car? Those routes were about getting people into the city for a job, but you would have been very hard pressed to use them to shop or do anything social. Nearly nobody is left without transportation, but people would be actually left without transportion if you did something like cut one of the 61 buses.

Tuesday, August 09, 2011 11:08:00 AM  
Blogger Bram Reichbaum said...

Speaking of partnership announcements in want of follow-up: what ever happened to the New Pittsburgh Collaborative? Not this. Maybe they discovered the name was already taken, but they still have made some headway?

Tuesday, August 09, 2011 11:48:00 AM  
Anonymous MSL said...

So when people are made to bear the full cost of using a service instead of having it subsidized by taxpayers, some of them decide that it's not worth it. This is Jack's lack of surprise.

Tuesday, August 09, 2011 12:14:00 PM  
Anonymous MH said...

I'm curious about the current use of those routes since the article is from before the parking rates increased. Or maybe the parking rate increase isn't as big of a deal for downtown as for Oakland.

Tuesday, August 09, 2011 12:29:00 PM  
Blogger jwsmith1984 said...

I certainly haven't heard a word, and I have both ears open. The Port Authority wants to spend $1.5M on a Bus Rapid Transit (meaning mostly IT) study, and the SPC wants a more modest corridor study, and with money so tight who knows? For myself, I would rather see PAT start by removing a large part of Gazzam's Hill with that study money, and get started on a Busway/bikeway/pedestrian walk along the Colwell Street alignment toward Downtown much as Olmstead suggested in 1910. Don't think anybody else takes that idea seriously, though.
jwsmith

Tuesday, August 09, 2011 9:47:00 PM  
Anonymous The Wiz said...

The New Castle Transit Authority started a bus service to Pittsburgh some ten/fifteen years ago. It was so successful they had to add extra buses. They now have four runs a day, $3 each way. Stops include Portersville and Evans City. The gas alone in a car would be double that, if not more. And having to not pay the outrageous parking makes it a better deal yet.

Tuesday, August 09, 2011 10:23:00 PM  
Anonymous MH said...

Is this the right moment for me to push my idea of a golf cart path down Forbes?

Wednesday, August 10, 2011 8:45:00 AM  

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