Auditor General releases report criticizing Allegheny County Port Authority

Auditor General releases report criticizing Allegheny County Port Authority

A week after organizers rallied for lower fares and better access, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale released an audit levying a number of criticisms at the Allegheny County Port Authority Thursday.

While DePasquale praised the authority for addressing the fiscal and contractual concerns raised in previous years, the report released said the authority’s buses have a long way to go service wise.
Thursday, December 13, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Public transit advocates rally for fare equity

Public transit advocates rally for fare equity

With hopes of gaining lower fares and greater access, about 30 activists and riders gathered in front of a downtown Pittsburgh light rail station Friday, to call on the authority to enact reforms to ease the burden on low-income riders.

For Laura Wiens, director of transportation advocacy group Pittsburghers for Public Transit, the problem with the Port Authority of Allegheny County is a moral one because she portrays the county bus lines as lifelines for the over 200,000 people in the county that rely upon them.

Friday, December 7, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
DePasquale reveals over $8.4 million was incorrectly reimbursed to school districts for transportation

DePasquale reveals over $8.4 million was incorrectly reimbursed to school districts for transportation

On Wednesday afternoon, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale held a press conference to discuss his findings from an audit on Pennsylvania’s school district transportation reimbursements.

DePasquale explained that one third of the money spent by school districts for transportation is reimbursed by the state, while the remainder must be funded by local taxpayers. For this reason DePasquale stated it is critical that schools are receiving the correct amount of money, and he decided to audit schools regarding this money.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
In Pittsburgh, House Transportation Committee hears testimony on public transit

In Pittsburgh, House Transportation Committee hears testimony on public transit

The House Transportation Committee met at the John Heinz History center to hear about the state of transportation in Western Pennsylvania Tuesday afternoon.

 Rep. John Taylor (R-Philadelphia), chairman of the committee, said that the committee's goal was to get to different parts of the commonwealth to gain perspective on the state of mass transportation and understand what the industry needs the most.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
High speed rail or hyperloop? One lawmaker says Pennsylvania should give new transit tech a look

High speed rail or hyperloop? One lawmaker says Pennsylvania should give new transit tech a look

Home to the Steamtown National Historic Site, Scranton is better known for its antique locomotives, a memento of the age of steam, than for sleek, electrified high-speed rail.

But Rep. Aaron Kaufer (R-Luzerne) knows that despite years of chatter, the Lackawanna Valley is no closer to a proposed rail connection to New York City to update that image. So, he is looking to the future.

Last month, Kaufer floated a co-sponsorship memo to ask the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee to study the feasibility of a hyperloop to connect Philadelphia to Pittsburgh, with a branch route up to Wilkes-Barre and the Electric City as well.

Monday, August 13, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
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