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Greetings from PPT! Lots of things are happening this month!

Port Authority Public Fare Hearing—Tuesday March 8

Port Authority proposed a new fare policy that includes reducing the Zone 2 fare from 3.75 to 2.50. This is great news, and we are hoping riders can come out to tell Port Authority what they think. PPT also has some concerns about the proposal, which are laid out here

The meeting is in the Connolly Ballroom in Alumni Hall at 4227 Fifth Avenue on March 8th, from 3 to 7 pm. You can ask questions to Port Authority staff at different stations and then address the board during a 3 minute public comment period.

Homes for All, Transit for All—March 18

Join PPT as we address the Port Authority about the need for affordable housing near transit lines. The agency is currently working on their transit oriented development (TOD) guidelines, and we want to make sure these include robust and enforceable measures for affordable housing. We will address the board during the public comment period of their board meeting on March 18th, 930 am, 345 Sixth Ave, 5th floor.

City's Affordable Housing Task Force Deliberative Forums

The city is hosting 4 forums this month on affordable housing. This is an important opportunity for the public to come tell the city what we think. PPT wants to highlight the importance of preserving affordable housing near transit lines and not allowing displacement to occur. Residents cannot be pushed out to places with little to no transit access. Information about the forums is here.

County Council Supports 89 Bus Service on Weekends

On Feb 16, the County Council unanimously voted to support reinstated service for the 89 bus service on weekends in the Garfield neighborhood. The motion was introduced by county councilwoman Denise Ranalli-Russell.

The meeting featured several speakers from PPT and the Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation who are currently working with the neighborhood in the ongoing fight to restore their weekend service. It also featured several residents from Garfield who came out to voice their concerns and hardships that they face without service on the weekends. Click here for media coverage of the event. 

Port Authority's Use of Police Dogs

At the February 26 Port Authority board meeting PPT shared concerns about the Port Authority police's use of dogs. PPT calls for transparency and accountability on the part of the Port Authority in the case of the killing of Bruce Kelley, Jr. See PPT's full statement here. Click here for press coverage. 

Electric Bus Ride

On Tuesday, March 1 PPT hosted a presentation from Proterra, Inc to learn more about their electric buses! Then, environmental and transit advocates got to take a ride--quiet, smooth, and with zero tailpipe emissions. We'll keep you posted with updates on how we can advocate to green the Port Authority fleet.

Important Upcoming Dates

Monday, March 7 – Affordable Housing Task Force Deliberative Forum West End. 2863 Chartiers Ave 6:00 P.M.

Tuesday, March 8 – Public Hearing on Community Benefits Ordinance. City Council Chambers. 400 Grant Street. 1:30 P.M.

Tuesday, March 8 – PAAC Public Fare Hearing at the Connolly Ballroom in Alumni Hall at the University of Pittsburgh. 4227 Fifth Avenue 3:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.

Wednesday, March 9 – PPT Monthly Meeting. One Smithfield Street, Pittsburgh, PA. 7:00 P.M.

Thursday, March 10 – Penn Hills Community Meeting with County Councilman Nick Futules. 7300 Ridgeview Ave. 6:00 P.M

Thursday, March 10 – Envision Downtown Public Realm Action Forum. 808 Liberty Avenue. 6:15 P.M.

Tuesday, March 15 – Affordable Housing Task Force Deliberative Forum South Side. 320 Brownsville Rd. 6:00 P.M.

Friday, March 18 – Port Authority Board Meeting. 345 6th Avenue, 5th Floor. 9:30 A.M.

Tuesday, March 22 – City Council Penn Plaza Rezoning Meeting. 414 Grant Street, 5th Floor. 1:30 P.M.

Wednesday, March 23 – Affordable Housing Task Force Deliberative Forum North Side. 841 California Ave. 6:00 P.M.

Tuesday, March 29 – Affordable Housing Task Force Deliberative Forum East End. 6435 Frankstown Ave. 6:00 P.M.

Wednesday, April 15 – PPT Monthly Meeting. One Smithfield Street, Pittsburgh, PA. 7:00 P.M.

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