LISA UPSHAW is concerned about the Port Authority’s BRT system. (Photo by J.L. Martello)

Khaney Martin rides an hour into Pittsburgh on the 61C McKeesport bus every day, and is not thrilled with the prospect of that ride being made longer by having to transfer to another bus in Oakland, which she would have to do if the Port Authority of Allegheny County’s Bus Rapid Transit plan is implemented as currently envisioned.

“So, you’re telling me I have to leave even earlier, plus I might have to pay a transfer I don’t pay now? You’re shorting me on money and service,” she told the New Pittsburgh Courier. “You’re doing this for your convenience. Where’s the customer convenience?”

The convenience is supposed to come from special BRT buses running between Oakland and Downtown Pittsburgh, in dedicated lanes and making fewer stops. They would be the only buses going Downtown from the eastern city neighborhoods and beyond. Buses currently serving those routes would either stop in Oakland and loop back out, or be replaced by BRTs.

But the authority told the Courier in the June 7 edition that it has no idea where in Oakland all the 71 and 61 buses and BRTs would queue up.

Aaron Owens, an 18-year-old business management student at Community College of Allegheny County, said he thinks it would make Oakland traffic, and his commute from Swissvale, worse.

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