The Sorry State of Pittsburgh’s Public Transit
Posted by macengr on August 14, 2008
Nineshift is an interesting blog that touches on future developments in work, life, and education. Right now they are doing a series on post-petroleum transportation and link to an article by Neil Peirce in the Seattle Times on light rail developments in various US cities. For example, check out the Purple Line being considered in DC:
So, let’s talk about Pittsburgh. We just spent millions of dollars on light rail…to build a tunnel UNDER the Allegheny River to the stadiums. Yeah, that’ll help commuters. Whatever happened to the East Hills? Or for that matter, the North Hills? That’s right, we have buses…except that the number of routes have been cut, and money is being spent on expensive trips and gifts.
Maglev seems to have died a slow death, and there’s still no replacement. So a two million plus population metropolitan area has few light rail options and nothing is in sight but vaporware. But hey, we got a spur linking us to our shiny new stadiums!
And let’s talk about Route 28 a moment, shall we?
In his book Citizen Soldiers, Stephen Ambrose tells how in the beginning of America’s involvement in World War II they laid 200 miles of road in two months – roads, mind you, that had to bear the weight of Tanks! The M4 Sherman, mind you, weight 30 TONS!
Now, it takes Penndot 2 YEARS to pave six miles of road on Route 28? And Route 22? And we won’t even mention the fact that they’ve managed to tie up most of the main arteries in and out of the city this summer – yeah, that’s visitor friendly…
Well, I guess that’s what happens when you go with the lowest bidders. Anybody have any ideas on how PernnDOT could improve within the scope of their budget?