As Downtown residents, we would like to strongly disagree with the idea of eliminating bus routes from the Downtown area ("Proposal Will Make Downtown Core Totally Bus-Free," Oct. 4). Instead, why not eliminate cars? Currently there are bus lanes that prohibit cars. Why not expand the mass transit to include shuttle service from outlying parking lots into Downtown and expand the bus lanes? This would reduce congestion, pollution and general stress.
As senior citizens who purchased our home Downtown in part because of public transportation, we would urge Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald to consider the large number of new city residents who would be grievously impacted by removing the Downtown bus routes. Why go backward? Forward-looking cities are sometimes charging people to enter the city area proper. Why encourage more cars, more pollution? We need more public transit, not private.
OLIVE and RICHARD VERBIT
First Published October 8, 2013 8:00 PM