Have you noticed people standing in the intense heat, wind, rain and snow waiting for a Port Authority bus? I have. I drive 1,000 miles a month in Allegheny County and notice men, women and children standing along the road next to little blue-and-white bus stop signs. And when I say standing along the road, I mean on the edge of the road (on that little berm, just feet from traffic) on roads like Lebanon Church Road, Route 51 and Brownsville Road.
They endure the blazing heat of the sun, the howling wind, the down pouring rain and the blistering cold snow. Now I did the same in the late 1970s and then again in the mid-1980s, but it is almost 2014 and enough is enough. It is time for some positive service changes.
As a region, let’s put our time, talent and treasures together to improve the remaining bus stops. Let’s make it inviting, welcoming and protected from the elements to wait for mass transit. This may increase ridership and it will definitely improve the quality of life for bus riders.
With changes and improvements, no longer will parents with baby strollers, the working class and the elderly stand on narrow paths of dusty roadways to wait for a bus.