This is a response to the letter from Agnes V. Pelcher ("Bad Bus Plan," Oct. 29). The plan to reroute buses out from central Downtown streets is long overdue.
Several points must be made: Just because there are fewer people living in the city limits of Pittsburgh does not mean there aren't more people Downtown. In fact during working hours there are more people Downtown than in the past. Add to that the increase in people living Downtown.
Another issue is that buses are longer (especially the ridiculously long articulated buses) and wider than those in the past. They constantly have difficulties with many of the narrow Downtown streets, not to mention some of the less-than-90-degree angle intersections. Speaking of intersections, it seems that buses have no issue with blocking them with impunity.
So keeping them on peripheral streets, such as Liberty Avenue, Grant Street and the Boulevard of the Allies is an excellent idea. A little extra walking never hurt anybody; in fact we might just get a little healthier in the process.