Light-rail transit would be the better move

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After reading the editorial “Fast Lane: Pittsburgh Should Plan for a Top-Notch BRT” (Dec. 7): I can’t help but think what Pittsburgh could accomplish if it hadn’t already set its sights on a Bus Rapid Transit line. We should be looking at the larger picture of Pittsburgh transit, not just Downtown to Oakland.

Let’s use existing infrastructure across the city, including busways and the HOV lanes to connect the entire city. A street-level light-rail system would address all of the issues if done correctly. The BRT line would be a short-term fix for a long-term problem that plagues the whole city, especially underserved communities. Light rail would also be the sustainable option, creating fewer emissions and a lower impact on neighborhoods, and would have lower operating costs over time.

Jumping on the idea of a BRT line seems like a good idea but does not address the transit problems we have citywide. A light-rail plan must be looked at as a serious option before we make any decisions.

STEPHEN O’BRION
South Side


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