PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Port Authority readily acknowledges there were some unexpected hiccups in the early days of the North Shore connector.
But those were growing pains for the biggest test to date Sunday – 40,000 Pirates fans and 70,000 Steelers fans.
“It went very smoothly,” said Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. “People got to where they needed to go, it was really terrific and we can be very proud.”
Fitzgerald was there to see it firsthand and credits local 85 for the smooth run, saying within an hour after the Pirates game, more than 5,000 people left the North Shore on the T – double that in the crunch after the Steelers game.
The Port Authority also like what is has seen so far from the real time online tracking of buses on the East Busway.
“Every day it gets better and better and so far it’s been right on target,” said Port Authority acting CEO Ellen McLean.
And it will soon expand to your neighborhood.
“Starting the first quarter of next year, we’ll start to layer it out into the system,” McLean said.
While there still is nail biting going on, the legislative foot dragging on passing a transit funding bill, Fitzgerald says they’re stepping up efforts to get more advertisers online.
“Our North Side station has been sold out for the rest of the year and into 2014,” Fitzgerald said. “Greyhound has bought this station, the Steel Plaza for two months and those ads are going to be installed soon. Miller Brewing just bought four bus wraps and have Pittsburgh Penguin themes.”