An Oct. 4 article by Jon Schmitz described a proposal by the Port Authority to move buses and bus stops from within to the edge of the Golden Triangle ("Proposal Will Make Downtown Core Totally Bus-Free"). The proposal is supported by two principal regional leaders, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Pittsburgh's Democratic mayoral candidate Bill Peduto.
This proposal is creative and offers important benefits. A potential drawback is to decrease use of public transportation by increasing use of parking garages within the Golden Triangle. Cars are smaller but much more numerous than buses.
I believe the proposal will be completely beneficial if it is paired with a large increase in the hourly fee for parking within the Golden Triangle. The city will benefit from the increased revenues paid by parkers who can afford the higher fees. A more important benefit of the higher fees will be the improved environment within the Golden Triangle.
The exclusion of buses from the Golden Triangle also will enable earnings by bicyclists equipped to transport customers who are unable or unwilling to walk within the several blocks of the Golden Triangle.
HERBERT BARRY III
First Published October 14, 2013 8:00 PM