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9/1/2009


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Pittsburgh port authority to increase service, but not base fares



The Port Authority of Allegheny County recently developed a proposal to improve light-rail and bus service beginning next year and maintain the base fare at $2.

The Pittsburgh agency would start implementing the changes in March 2010 and phase in improvements during the next few years.

In general, the number of daily trips would be increased and hours of operation would be expanded on most routes. Proposed fare changes, which would take effect Jan. 1, 2010, would include the same base fare, but a 25-cent increase for transfers.

"This proposal would improve service for the majority of our riders by adding more trips, cutting travel times and offering new high-frequency options,” said Port Authority Chief Executive Officer Steve Bland in a prepared statement.

The agency is accepting public comments on the proposal until Sept. 30; a public hearing will be held Sept. 15. The authority’s board will consider a final plan on Oct. 23.

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