The Pittsburgh area is blessed with some of the most beautiful parks anywhere, Schenley, Highland and Frick as well as our lovely county parks. So I have to wonder why, when we have these beautiful, spacious venues, do we hold worthwhile walks for causes in the middle of the city?
I understand that we want to promote our fair city and bring people into Downtown, but why should these events force the rerouting of our entire ground transit system? The various detours and changes in transit stops were an inconvenience to many who were attempting to reach their various destinations including work, shopping, etc. last Saturday. The confusion arising from the various changes made to these routes while a charity walk was underway left many passengers stranded and unsure where to catch the bus.
Many operators struggled to maintain service to those who rely on them to get them to and from Downtown. I believe these causes could be just as well served by moving them to the aforementioned park facilities where, not only would the walkers be safer, but they could enjoy the beauty of our excellent parks. Several years ago I participated in a delightful walk for diabetes at the Pittsburgh Zoo. Educational and entertaining, the walk was a huge success and was enjoyed by everyone. Also, no transit detours were needed. I'm just saying!
The writer is a road operations supervisor for the Port Authority.