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Public Hearing on Transit Cuts to be Held Thursday

State Representatives Matt Smith and Dan Deasy will chair a public hearing Thursday to discuss public transit cuts.

The Democratic Policy Committee will hold a public hearing Thursday, May 3, at 10 a.m. on the economic impact of public transit cuts. State Representatives Dan Deasy and Matt Smith, both D-Allegheny, will co-chair the hearing.

"We have heard from many constituents on how the proposed cuts to the Port Authority will impact them, but the outcry from area businesses has greatly increased in recent months," Smith said. "They are being hit from both sides with reduced accessibility for customers and employees."

Under the proposed cuts that would be effective Sept. 2, the Airport Flyer service, and routes in most surburban areas, including Ross Township and West View are on the list.

, Route 12 McKnight would be eliminated beyond Passavant Hospital and would have service reductions during the weekday. Saturday and Sunday service would be eliminated. 

Eliminated routes include the 05 Thompson Run Flyer, the 17 Shadeland, the 2 Mount Royal, the 4 Troy Hill and the P13 Mount Royal Flyer.

"In order for continued regional economic growth to occur, we must ensure that we have an effective and broad-reaching public transit system. Hearing from local businesses and experts on how we address our mass transit crisis will be invaluable as we move forward on this crucial issue," Deasy said.

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and officials from Green Tree Borough, the Port Authority of Allegheny County, Amalgamated Transit Union, area non-profit organizations and numerous area property managers and businesses are scheduled to testify.

The public hearing will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 3, at the council chambers of the Green Tree Municipal Center at 10 West Manilla Ave. in Green Tree.

For more information, see the Port Authority website.

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