Scott officials are planning to meet within the next month with Port Authority of Allegheny County about complaints over bus traffic on Orchard Spring Road, a neighborhood street.
According to residents and PAT's bus schedule, 60 buses on route 38 Green Tree travel the two-lane street between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. weekdays, creating noise and congestion, as well as interfering with parking and safety.
There are nearly 170 homes on Orchard Spring, which connects to Greentree Road at one end and winds down and around to Rose Leaf Drive.
"I don't like it," lifelong resident Mary Lou Blasko told Scott commissioners on Oct. 8. "There is just no excuse for this to keep going on my street."
Many of the buses run just minutes apart, she noted. The earliest arrives shortly after 6 a.m. and by 9 a.m. a total of 20 have traveled the street.
"Orchard Spring was never meant as a cut through," echoed PAT rider Barbara Hopkins.
School bus driver Darlene Gratton has observed some PAT drivers going through the street's stop signs, to which police Chief James Secreet said police would cite them if he has bus numbers and times.
Jim Ritchie, PAT spokesman, said buses have used Orchard Spring Road for quite a while, though the number of them may have changed. The current schedule has been in effect for a year, he said.
"One of the potential solutions would be to put them on Greentree Road," Mr. Ritchie said.
Board President Tom Castello said PAT never explained that Orchard Spring was to be a cut-through street and Commissioner Craig Stephens added, "We didn't ask for an increase. We just asked [PAT] not to cut the route completely."
Carole Gilbert Brown, freelance writer: firstname.lastname@example.org. First Published October 17, 2013 12:53 AM