Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Fare Reductions Many Rely on Buses as Main Transportation

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Fare Reductions Many Rely on Buses as Main Transportation

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For lower-income people, the bus and rail lines operated by The Allegheny County Port Authority are a lifeline - to jobs, medical appointments and more.

The authority should consider fare reductions that will help people already struggling to make ends meet.

A little creative thinking will help without busting the authority's budget.

The authority has shown willingness to consider fare reductions for those with low income. The authority has a consultant looking at the fee structure and a report is expected by the end of the year. Authority officials should act quickly to implement possible reductions.

Fares account for about 21% of the authority's revenue. Pete Schenk, the authority's chief financial officer, said the agency wants to stay close to that percentage.

Ideas for reallocating fares were made by representatives of Pittsburghers for Public Transit and Just Harvest, an organization fighting hunger, at a Jan. 29 Port Authority community meeting.

Among the ideas:

* .Reducing the $2.75 per ride cash fare to $2.50, the cost of a ConnectCard fare. …

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