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By Daveen Rae Kurutz
Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
 

Export officials will continue to allow Westmoreland Transit riders to park at the borough parking lot despite the fact that the transit authority no longer pays rent for the lot.

Borough Solicitor Wes Long said he spoke with officials for the Westmoreland County Transit Authority, who indicated that the authority is “not in a position to pay money for the lot because of budgetary cutbacks.”

The borough has not had a rental agreement with the authority for the parking lot for several years. In the past, the transit authority paid Export to use the lot as part of an approximately $5,000 multiyear deal, Long said. However, portions of the lot were closed beginning in 2010, as work progressed on the Turtle Creek flood-control progress.

Prior to then, the lot wasn't well-used, Long said.

But authority officials earlier this year reported that ridership on the 2F route, which shuttles Export, Delmont and Murrysville riders to downtown Pittsburgh, increased by 35 percent in 2012. Now, use of the lot as a park-and-ride has increased dramatically, officials said.

“I guess we could chain it off and not let anyone use it and be ‘that town,' Long said. “Or we could promote mass transit and promote people stopping in our town. Park-and-ride is a good thing all around.”

Daveen Rae Kurutz is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at dkurutz@tribweb.com or 412-856-7400, ext. 8627.

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