Thursday, October 10, 2013

Greater Westmoreland County Airport angst

You know, it's a little odd how much media attention this is getting.  Note all the coverage of the bus route Greyhound is about to start from the city of Pittsburgh out to the Arnold Palmer airport in Westmoreland county.

PG: Greyhound service will connect Downtown Pittsburgh, Arnold Palmer Airport
PBT: Greyhound to link Latrobe airport, Pittsburgh
Trib: Greyhound to begin daily service to Arnold Palmer Regional Airport
AP via WPXI:Greyhound to link Pittsburgh to Arnold Palmer airport
Story was not a one shot deal, but ran over several days. I presume this made both TV and radio as well.

Odd in that folks from elsewhere might wonder what the big deal is about access to a pretty small suburban airport when there is a showpiece airport serving the region.  Typically a smaller regional airport might provide convenience to passengers starting from a distant part of the region, but to actually have folks travel away from the major airport?? This also isn't the case say of Chicago's Midway airport where congestion at the major airport has pushed a lot of traffic to alternative airports.

addendum:  see the comments where it is pointed out that there already is a bus route from Downtown Pittsburgh to the Arnold Palmer Airport, making all this news coverage that much odder.  See the published (and online) schedule for the Latrobe-Pittsburgh Flyer.Cost? $4.50 or half the onlyprice quoted in the PG article for the new Greyhound service at least.  Note the PG article seems to imply the Westmoreland Transit service is only from Greensburg? ("Westmoreland Transit offers service from Arnold Palmer Airport to downtown Greensburg") Is the online schedule incorrect??

The airport out there is not far past Greensburg.  Maybe AMTRAK could put a stop close to the airport and we could get a train to the plane. My quick look says the closest point of approach from the rail line to the airport is about a mile. Then I wonder what the displacement from PIT would be?  Or just imagine if MAGLEV ever happened.  It was envisioned to stretch to Greensburg as well. 

Might be interesting to look at the trend in flights from Greater Westmoreland County Airport:

13 Comments:

Anonymous MH said...

There's been a bus from Pittsburgh to that airport for a very long time. Westmoreland Transit runs it. Also, the Latrobe Amtrak station is only 4 miles from the airport. You're not going to get much closer with the current set of tracks regardless. The "one mile" you talk about must be to the fence, but the gate is on the opposite side.

I had no idea that the Latrobe airport ever dropped so low in traffic. It used to have Northwest.

Thursday, October 10, 2013 3:52:00 PM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

Indeed I see that route now. So what is the big deal with this Greyhound route??? I may need to append the post.

Thursday, October 10, 2013 8:46:00 PM  
Anonymous MH said...

I don't know, but if you ever need a publicist, I'd take a reference from the Latrobe Airport over one from Westmoreland Transit.

Thursday, October 10, 2013 9:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Not Ken said...

So . . . this proves that the WCAA has mad PR skills. Perspective: PIT had a total of approx. 708,000 passangers in May 2013 alone.

Friday, October 11, 2013 3:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what are the comparable trip times?

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 11:55:00 AM  
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