The Port Authority of Allegheny County is at a crossroads, and all of us — the residents and taxpayers of the Pittsburgh region — have to decide what kind of transit system we want. The Allegheny Conference on Community Development has started this blog to help the region achieve the goal of having an effective, efficient, and sustainable transit system with a solid financial footing. The most immediate issue facing the Port Authority is trying to reach a new labor contract with Amalgamated Transit Union Local 85. The Conference has been analyzing the Port Authority for nearly three years now, and here is our point of view:

For the Pittsburgh region to have a sustainable transit system, the Port Authority needs to secure a new, more competitive contract with the ATU. We hope most readers will come around to our point of view based on the facts, analysis, and commentary we will present. We hope that what we have to say will prompt a community discussion from people with many points of view. And we welcome that.

But first, a couple of ground rules:

Be polite and respectful — people can disagree without being disagreeable. Even when they are passionate on an emotional subject.

Facts count. As the saying goes, everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not their own set of facts. If you make a claim, backing it up with data (or a link to the original source) will help people better understand your point of view.

Thanks for stopping by. Let’s get started…

Posted by: Ken Zapinski

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