Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

May This Be a First Step to Better Public Transit

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

May This Be a First Step to Better Public Transit

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It was heartening to read your Jan. 13 story on the Port Authority's virtual elimination of the zoned fare system ("Transit Officials Propose Lesser Fare"). Zone fares make sense only in large cities where the majority of travel is already on public transit. There, operators can levy higher fares without disrupting rider culture.

In Pittsburgh, zoned fares have always had the opposite effect, increasing Pittsburghers' irritation with an already lackluster service.

I hope this is a sign that the Port Authority is willing to follow common sense and fully enter the 21st century on all fronts. While its most pressing project should be a light-rail link between Downtown, Oakland and some destination in the East End, a few key, relatively cheaper updates would also boost ridership. …

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