PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Monday morning commute became a little faster for some people as 11 T stops were officially closed.
Those affected by the closures will have to find a new place to get onto the light rail system and some took to the streets to protest the closures.
“These stops are sort of like our bloodstream. It keeps things flowing in our community. If they take that away, it’s going to hurt us,” Lisa Jones said.
However, two stops that were on the chopping block will remain open.
Initially, the Smith Road and Sandy Creek stops were going to close, but they will now remain open.
Port Authority officials said the cuts are, in part, to speed up service and eliminate unnecessary stops where fewer than 50 riders use the stops on a daily basis.
“First of all I don’t see how it’s a cost saving and I don’t see how its going to speed things up by taking away a few of our stops,” Jones said.
Studies showed the other 11 were scarcely used and could be consolidated with nearby stops.
The 11 stations that were are closed are:
- Martin Villa
- Mine 3
- Santa Barbara
For more information about the stops that are closed, click here to visit PortAuthority.org.