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File #: 2010-1175    Version: 1
Type: Will of Council Status: Adopted
File created: 11/30/2010 In control: City Council
On agenda: Final action: 11/30/2010
Enactment date: 11/30/2010 Enactment #: 821
Effective date:    
Title: WHEREAS, The transit funding crisis that has struck not only Allegheny County, but the entire Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will have a crippling effect on public transportation; and
Sponsors: Natalia Rudiak, All Members
Indexes: PROCLAMATION - MS. RUDIAK
Attachments: 1. 2010-1175.doc
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WHEREAS, The transit funding crisis that has struck not only Allegheny County, but the entire Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will have a crippling effect on public transportation; and
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WHEREAS, The Port Authority of Allegheny County serves more than 2.5 million residents daily; and

WHEREAS, The City of Pittsburgh, which houses the nation's sixth densest employment center and the Commonwealth's second- and third-largest economic centers, respectively, is heavily reliant on a robust public transportation system to achieve the economic stability and growth that has made our City and region a destination for new jobs and investments; and

WHEREAS, Half of all downtown Pittsburgh workers travel to their places of employment via public transportation and 30% of all workers on Oakland do the same, approximately 75,000 people in total; and

WHEREAS, Some estimates indicate that more than 15,000 residents of Allegheny County could be stranded daily from the service cuts that our Port Authority is being forced to make as a result of its $47 million budget shortfall; and

WHEREAS, Some estimates indicate that each stranded rider must pay as much as $8,100 annually to replace the services that the Port Authority currently provides, making life unaffordable for thousands; and

WHEREAS, The Pittsburgh region's roads, bridges, and parking facilities - facing their own funding crisis - cannot provide enough capacity to handle the increased number of vehicles on the road as a result of the transit cuts; and

WHEREAS, The combination of transit cuts and increased vehicles indicates that this $47 million budget shortfall could ultimately cost Allegheny County and City of Pittsburgh residents over $220 million in new transportation costs, an unacceptable burden; and

WHEREAS, Major regional employers may be forced to move jobs elsewhere, thereby reducing property values and vital revenue sources for the City of Pittsburgh and surrounding municipalities; an...

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