Public transit advocates rally for fare equity

Public transit advocates rally for fare equity

With hopes of gaining lower fares and greater access, about 30 activists and riders gathered in front of a downtown Pittsburgh light rail station Friday, to call on the authority to enact reforms to ease the burden on low-income riders.

For Laura Wiens, director of transportation advocacy group Pittsburghers for Public Transit, the problem with the Port Authority of Allegheny County is a moral one because she portrays the county bus lines as lifelines for the over 200,000 people in the county that rely upon them.

Friday, December 7, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Allegheny County Council unanimously passes 2019 budget

Allegheny County Council unanimously passes 2019 budget

Allegheny County Council approved County Executive Rich Fitzgerald’s roughly $1 billion dollar operating plan by a 13-0 vote Tuesday night.

The plan includes a $932 million operating budget, $111 million for the capital budget, and an additional $1 billion grants budget. This is an almost 3 percent increase from the 2018 budget of $905.7 million. In his initial proposal, Fitzgerald insisted every dollar requested would go toward preparing the county for disaster and investing in the future.

Thursday, December 6, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh City Council hears concerns from hunger, housing advocates as budget cuts loom

Pittsburgh City Council hears concerns from hunger, housing advocates as budget cuts loom

Hunger and housing advocates from around the city gathered in Pittsburgh City Council chambers to plead with council members to restore or increase funding to their respective organizations. 

Wednesday, December 5, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Wagner audit of Allegheny County DPW finds lax oversight, cost overruns

Wagner audit of Allegheny County DPW finds lax oversight, cost overruns

Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner heavily criticized the county’s Public Works Department, its “lax control” on spending and lack of oversight in an audit released Tuesday.

Within the report, Wagner lamented that several projects accumulated $6 million in construction cost overruns. The problem, according to Wagner, was that the department lacked fixed standards for carrying out its projects.
Friday, November 30, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh City Council holds Urban Redevelopment Authority budget hearing

Pittsburgh City Council holds Urban Redevelopment Authority budget hearing

In the budget hearing Thursday, Urban Redevelopment Authority executive director, Robert Rubenstein, told council members present that the authority has high hopes for 2019, but funding isn’t what it used to be.

Thursday, November 29, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
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