Port Authority opens website for citizens to comment on transit

Port Authority is inviting citizens to share their ideas for the future of public transit as a national panel convenes here to offer its own recommendations.

The authority has created what it calls a “community engagement website,” Forward Thinking, at http://paac.mindmixer.com.

The site presents questions on topics including capital projects, barriers to transit use and accessibility for seniors and riders with disabilities. Participants can share their thoughts or weigh in on ideas submitted by others.

Also participating in the site discussion are local officials and Port Authority leadership, including CEO Ellen McLean, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Port Authority board members state Sen. Jim Brewster, state Rep. Dom Costa and John Tague.

The site will be active through June 13 at minimum. Those without Internet access can submit written comments to Port Authority at Forward Thinking, Attn: Communications Department, 345 Sixth Ave., 3rd Floor, Pittsburgh 15222.

This week, a panel commissioned by the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit Urban Land Institute will interview nearly 80 people, ranging from public officials to planners to neighborhood leaders. They also will tour the bus and rail system before compiling a list of recommendations.

The effort will culminate with a Friday morning public presentation at 8:30 a.m. at the Omni William Penn Hotel, Downtown, followed by a written report.

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