Disaster postponed for PAT

Just last week, BLOGSKI reported on PAT’s deficit and some projected rate hikes and service cuts. It appears that some of PAT’s operating deficit will be alleviated —

This morning, Gov. Ed Rendell detailed a proposal to local leaders that would provide $45 million in funding to help sustain public transportation service in Allegheny County. The plan would have to be approved by the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission (SPC), which is a regional planning agency that directs the use of transportation funds in the region.

The $45 million would come from unused economic development funds and not from other transportation projects. PAT will examine the proposal in the coming weeks and determine how it might impact fares and service. The issue of public transportation impacts us in Polish Hill dramatically. BLOGSKI will continue to bring you information about developments in this issue.