We Are One Western Pennsylvania
For Immediate Release
Contact: Marty Marks 412.352.0317
MASSIVE TRANSIT FUNDING CRISIS PROMPTS MAMMOTH INVITATION FOR GOVERNOR TO ATTEND MONUMENTAL PUBLIC HEARING
Transit funding advocates calling on Governor Corbett to attend public hearing on proposed Port Authority cuts and listen to the personal stories of devastation Harrisburg inaction on transit funding will cause
Pittsburgh, Penn. (February 21, 2012) – On Wednesday, February 22nd in downtown Pittsburgh, transit supporters will gather for public remarks before hand delivering a king-sized invitation to Governor Corbett’s Pittsburgh office inviting him to attend a Port Authority mandatory hearing required when transit route cuts and fare hikes are proposed. The public hearing, set for February 29, 2012 from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m., has slots for 196 people to make public comments and nearly all are filled one week prior to the session.
“People can yell at the Port Authority all day long but the solution to the transit funding crisis rests in Harrisburg,” said Mel Packard of Pittsburghers for Public Transit. “The process calls for a mandatory public hearing and we think the Governor should be mandated to listen,” Mr. Packard said.
The February 29th hearing provides an opportunity for public input regarding Port Authority plans to implement a 35 percent service cut, eliminating 46 routes, cutting back the rest, ending service on most routes at 10 p.m. and getting rid of weekend service on many others while laying off 500 to 600 transit workers in an effort to close a $64 million budget gap.
“The fate of 200,000 transit riders and several hundred thousand commuters who drive on already congested streets and highways rests in the hands of the Governor,” said Marty Marks, a spokesperson for the coalition of local organizations advocating for public transit. “All we are asking for now is that he lends us an ear for a couple of hours next week,” Mr. Marks said.
Immediately following the public remarks and delivery of the invitation to Governor Corbett’s office, volunteers will disperse throughout downtown Pittsburgh distributing fliers urging commuters, workers and businesses to participate in a major public rally coinciding with the public hearing next week.
Note to Reporters and Assignment Editors: Participants in the press conference will be available for one-on-one interviews at the event or remote interviews may be arranged before or after by calling the media contact listed above. Reporters may join the leafleters as they deliver king-sized invitation to the Governor’s office and distribute fliers in the downtown area immediately following the press conference.
WHO: Transit riders and public transit advocates; Raging Grannies vocal group;
WHAT: Press conference featuring transit supporters and riders making personal appeals to the Governor to attend upcoming public hearing on transit cuts; delivery of king-sized invitation to Governor’s office.
WHEN: Wednesday, February 22 at 4 p.m.
WHERE: Intersection of Fifth Avenue and Wood Street in Downtown, Pittsburgh