Buses are too much, Scott residents say

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Some residents of Orchard Spring Road in Scott want to know why Port Authority buses travel their street from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day, even on the weekends.

Many of the buses are empty, Lori Lang told the township commissioners at their meeting Tuesday. "They fly by and beep their horns at the kids," she said. "They're using the street as a cut-through."

The residents said more than 60 Port Authority buses use their street.

Commissioner Bill Wells suggested that one reason may be that the Port Authority needs to keep the 38C route operating because it is needed to pick up and discharge Greentree Road riders going to and from town.

Mr. Wells, who several years ago persuaded the authority to retain buses on Lindsay Road, pointed out that public transportation is a valuable asset that isn't always appreciated until it is needed.

Illnesses or hardships can make public transportation a necessity for many people, he added.

"We were going to be cut, but [the authority] agreed to continue if services were consolidated," he said.

But Barbara Hopkins, who catches a bus every day on Orchard Spring, called the number of buses that daily traverse the road "ridiculous."

"I can't hear the news [because of the noise from the buses]," she said, adding that they also create pollution.

While conceding that a recount should be done to determine the number of buses needed on Orchard Spring, Mr. Wells said Scott is one of the few areas in Allegheny County that still has residential bus service.

Mrs. Hopkins, however, said she believes the buses are earmarked for Chatham Park.

Commissioner Craig Stephens, who lives on Orchard Spring, said he told state Rep. Dan Miller, D-Mt. Lebanon, about the matter and Mr. Miller promised to talk to authority officials about it.

"Even on the weekends, [the buses] are coming through," Mr. Stephens said.

"I know we have to have them, but we don't have to have this many," added Mary Lou Blasko.

In other business, township engineer Larry Lennon said he does not recommend converting Swallow Hill Road from concrete to asphalt.

Concrete may not save money, he said, but it would add longevity.

Mr. Wells, in whose ward the street is located, remained unpersuaded.

"Why don't we look at the bids first?" he asked.

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Carole Gilbert Brown, freelance writer: suburbanliving@post-gazette.com.


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