Whitehall Woman Not a Fan of Port Authority

'I can no longer financially support your bloated mismanagement of so-called public transportation.'

Christine M. Brandau, a  resident, has made her opinions of Port Authority of Allegheny County well-known with an Aug. 18 letter to the editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

"Port Authority, you have chosen to end a 35-year relationship with me," Brandau writes, "and I can no longer financially support your bloated mismanagement of so-called public transportation.

"You have chosen to strand me (you see, I do not drive) and to lengthen my work day because my husband and I do not work the same hours, but I will go in early as you leave me no choice. Therefore, the choice I do have left is to not to pay for your lackluster, inconvenient service, and I am exercising that choice."

Read Brandau's full letter here.

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M Rhue August 20, 2012 at 08:07 PM
ME: "Hello, boss? I can't come to work today. My car broke down." BOSS: "Can't you take a bus?" ME: "What bus?"
Sasafras Jackson August 20, 2012 at 08:40 PM
Me: Hello Bosses. Would you mind if I partakes in a little jibby jabby priors to work’ems? Boss: What are you talking about? Me: I am goings to be late as I have me somes bin-ness that requires 4 wheels. Boss: You are not making sense. Me: Fines! Be dat ways. Mes going to go get me dat gravy! Boss: You’re fired. This was an imaginative anecdote written by me in response to bus situation. Needless to say, we would not want to be fired if we could not get to work on time. This is a terrible situation that will affect many.
KMan August 20, 2012 at 11:30 PM
I agree Christine
Susan August 21, 2012 at 12:21 PM
Community buses need restored, especially our neighborhood. I moved here because there was bus service at my street corner and it has been discontinued. I can not drive and am now stranded. Going anywhere is a challenge, as nothing is close by in the South Hills area. Port Authority has robbed me of my independence and ability to enjoy life by traveling on public transportation. Other cities have buses and good transit that travel all through their cities on loops and regular schedules for a reasonable price. With PAT every year there is threat that there will be no service at all. How can Pittsburgh be a most livable city with no public transit? We need a dedicated funding source and with that an oversight board to insure that PAT is serving the communities.We need our politicians to do something about this funding for us citizens. IF every politician and every PAT employee and all of their families had to rely on bus service for even 1 week to get to work, school, grocery shopping, church, sports, etc. they would understand how detrimental the service is to them and the communities.


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