Transit access deserts
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.