The Oct. 4 article "Proposal Will Make Downtown Core Totally Bus-Free" reported the proposed elimination of bus stops and the rerouting of bus routes in Downtown.
The proponents of this idea claim that it will improve traffic flow and be only slightly inconvenient, claiming that it would cause transit riders only a few minutes to either walk or to wait for a subway car. They are obviously ignorant of the situation for those who take public transportation.
Those few extra minutes can make the difference in catching a second bus or making it to work on time. What about the extra walking when the weather is extremely cold or extremely hot and humid? And, as if that is not bad enough, there are the elderly and handicapped who will suffer extra hardship.
Now, if our leaders really want to improve the flow of Downtown traffic, they can do several things: first, stop closing major arteries, especially during rush hour; second, make an attempt to coordinate with the sports teams so that their games do not end or begin near rush hour; third, do not reduce the number of lanes on Downtown streets.
I suspect that this proposal is geared more toward promoting an upscale image of Pittsburgh. Unfortunately, most residents are not upscale, but ordinary Pittsburghers who pay most of the taxes and who have been neglected for far too long.
First Published October 10, 2013 8:00 PM