PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Port Authority of Allegheny County wants your help. It is looking to overhaul its fare system, and public opinion will play a big part.
The overall idea is to simplify the process for people.
“I hope they do what they’re saying they’re going to do without eliminating routes because I know they have eliminated some routes and I hope they don’t eliminate ours,” Gloria Prozzoly, of Scott Township, says.
The Port Authority is launching a campaign called “Where To Next.” It will run through the summer.
The plan is to get public input and feedback on how to improve the current system. Some possible changes include eliminating zones and charging riders a flat-fare.
“If they do a change in the prices, I’m all for a change in prices,” Tiffany Kowalecki, of Mt. Washington, says.
“No way, I work at a school where transportation is very difficult for the students as it is, to give everyone a roundabout fare system is insane,” says Erika Clark of the North Side.
“I definitely don’t like them because it’s already $2.50 per ride, per each way and if you’re not going super far, to be any higher at this particular point seems a little bit crazy,” Victor Ford, of the Hill District, says.
Also on the table is talk about requiring all riders to pay with a “Connect Card.”
“I am a Connect Card user, so I wouldn’t mind having a discount for that,” says John Noel, of Natrona Heights.
This would be the first major improvement of the transit fare system in years, and you can be a part of the process. You can offer up suggestions by taking an online survey.
Also, there will be a public hearing later in the year.