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Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Port Authority CEO Steve Bland, have you no shame? The Smith Road stop you are eliminating is used by elderly widows and the physically or mentally challenged to maintain their independence. Also, many able-bodied individuals use this stop for safe access to public transportation. The key here is safety not speed.
Areas used to access two alternative stops have sporadic sidewalks in poor condition. The pedestrians must share busy thoroughfares with aggressive motorists who often exceed the posted speed limits of 25 to 40 mph. The Smith Road stop has served the community as a safe access to public transportation for about 65 years. Why is it now considered to be a hindrance?
The Port Authority operates public mass transit, which requires safe service for all. Unlike New York City, Chicago or Washington, D.C., Allegheny County terrain doesn't allow for high-speed transit. The T is nothing more than a refurbished, former streetcar line. You can't make a silk purse from a sow's ear. It's not a streetcar named desire either.
The Blue and Red lines traveling through Smith Road aren't being eliminated or relocated. The rails will physically still exist, stop or no stop.
Castle Shannon can't afford additional decline from poor decisions. Mr. Fitzgerald, stop bullying Castle Shannon. You were elected county executive to represent all. For every political Goliath there's a voter's stone. Stop the lunacy and immediately rescind the T stop closure.
Castle Shannon grannies will be watching you.
MICHAEL D. BROOKS
First Published June 20, 2012 12:00 am