I read the letter about improving Port Authority bus shelters with interest (“Modern Bus Stops,” Dec. 1). I live in an Allegheny County community whose Port Authority service was eliminated nearly three years ago. It is now quite common to see elderly and disabled residents walking on nearby roads in all types of weather, alongside fast-moving cars and trucks, simply because they want to get coffee or a newspaper.
We also have families walking these unsafe roadways with toddlers and babies in strollers because they need to pick up groceries, and not everyone affected by this lack of bus service qualifies for riding via ACCESS.
Yet we continue paying our state and county taxes, some of which are used to allow the Port Authority to provide state-of-the-art buses, 24/7 service and even modern shelters in the more desirable areas of Allegheny County. I hope it doesn’t take a horrible tragedy before the Port Authority board realizes that public transportation is needed throughout the county, and not just in selected areas.