Bus Rapid Transit is the wrong solution for a Downtown- to-Oakland route

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BRT is a loser

I am very disappointed to hear the Port Authority is moving forward with the Bus Rapid Transit mistake (“Bus Rapid Transit Is a Slower Starter in Pittsburgh,” July 16). Whereas it might sound nice to have BRT, it will cost millions of taxpayer dollars to build a system that will, at most, shave three minutes off a commute. It will also make congestion around Consol before and after events that much worse as we will lose either a traffic lane or a parking lane. Aside from Fifth Avenue in Oakland, our roads are just not wide enough to accommodate BRT. Nor will the system ever be able to extend much farther east of Oakland.

The real solution? Light rail to Oakland! Yes, it is more expensive than BRT, but based on ridership in Oakland, it would almost pay for itself in a couple of years. And, as time goes on, it could be extended to Squirrel Hill, Shadyside, Greenfield and The Waterfront.

Let’s hope the Port Authority, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Mayor Bill Peduto get back on the right track to light rail!


The writer is a member of the Allegheny County Transit Council.

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