Thursday, September 2, 2010
In what will be the largest change in Port Authority of Allegheny County Routes this year, 75 bus routes will see some sort of modification starting this weekend. “These are not the proposed service reductions and fare increase caused by the statewide transportation funding crisis,” says PAT Spokesperson Jim Ritchie, “this is the latest round of changes we have been making throughout the year.” The changes are part of the multi-year transit development plan. Ritchie says those changes have been years in the making and are intended to better align service with demand. Ritchie says, “this is the first top-to-bottom improvement of the Authority's route network since it was created in the mid-1960s.” While a high percentage of riders will see some change in their service most will only notice slightly different routing or changes in when their bus arrives at a given stop. The changes go into effect Sunday. With the holiday Monday, the first weekday changes will be seen Tuesday. Ritchie says all of the changes can be found on PAT’s website. A PDF handout can be downloaded here. Riders can also stop at the downtown service center to pickup a new schedule. For riders that forget to check their route changes before Tuesday morning, Ritchie says all of the updates will be on Google Transit that can be accessed by a smart phone. Riders can also call the PAT rider hotline at 412-442-2000.