Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Butler Transit to Take over Service to Pittsburgh Authority Routes Set to Begin Dec. 18

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Butler Transit to Take over Service to Pittsburgh Authority Routes Set to Begin Dec. 18

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After nearly 10 years of thinking about and planning to establish bus service between Butler and Pittsburgh, the Butler Transit Authority has scrambled to set up service in two weeks after a private contractor decided to drop the route.

But the authority's service to replace Myers Coach Lines will follow a different route and could leave some northern Allegheny County riders without an easy transit alternative.

Myers notified riders Dec. 1 that it won't operate its weekday service after Dec. 15.

"We've been planning this for a long time, but now we had to put it together in a week," said John Paul, executive director of the Butler authority. "Fortunately, we already have the buses and we were able to line up a subcontractor to operate them."

Myers' service included three inbound trips in the morning, one in the early afternoon and one in the evening that followed the Route 8 corridor usually beginning in Butler for $7 each way.

Outbound trips were scheduled one in the morning, three in the afternoon and one in the evening.

The company extended one outbound trip in the afternoon and one inbound trip in the evening as far as Grove City for $9 each way.

Myers confirmed it is ending its Butler County service, but no one was available to explain why.

The authority service, which will take over with no break beginning Dec. 18, initially will be less extensive and follow a different route. The authority will operate two morning and two afternoon trips each inbound and outbound for a charge of $5 cash each way with discounts for buying 15- or 31-trip ConnectCards.

The route will begin at the same place on East Cunningham Street in Butler and have one other common stop at the Glade Mills Presbyterian Church in Cooperstown. But instead of following Route 8 and Route 28 into Pittsburgh, the authority's service will miss northern Allegheny County by taking Route 228 to Cranberry and following Interstates 79/279 into the city. …

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