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
Affordable housing advocates plead with Pittsburgh City Council for restored funding

Affordable housing advocates plead with Pittsburgh City Council for restored funding

With signs that alleged empty promises, affordable housing advocates advanced on Pittsburgh City Council chambers to plead with council to restore their funding for the 2019 capital budget.

When Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto proposed his budget for the new year, many advocates were disturbed to learn that their financial support from the city would decrease by $5 million, leaving the authority with $1.1 million from the capital budget.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh City Council introduces electronic and hazardous waste recycling legislation

Pittsburgh City Council introduces electronic and hazardous waste recycling legislation

Before Dan Gilman served as Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto’s chief of staff, as a councilmember, he and Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith (District 2) noticed a problem.

Around the city, they saw televisions and computers dumped illegally. Knowing residents had few legal options for disposing electronic devices, they sought legislation that’d allow residents to recycle such items safely.

A year later, the legislation was introduced by Kail-Smith Tuesday, with the support of the mayor’s office.

Tuesday, December 11, 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
Allegheny County Council unanimously passes 2019 budget

Allegheny County Council unanimously passes 2019 budget

Allegheny County Council approved County Executive Rich Fitzgerald’s roughly $1 billion dollar operating plan by a 13-0 vote Tuesday night.

The plan includes a $932 million operating budget, $111 million for the capital budget, and an additional $1 billion grants budget. This is an almost 3 percent increase from the 2018 budget of $905.7 million. In his initial proposal, Fitzgerald insisted every dollar requested would go toward preparing the county for disaster and investing in the future.

Thursday, December 6, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
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