In their column “Regional transit? Careful what you wish for” (March 6 and TribLIVE.com), Jim Roddey and Jake Haulk display their unbelievably short memories and astonishing lack of comprehension of the current transit situation in our region.
Last year, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 85 averted devastating cutbacks to public transportation in Allegheny County by negotiating and ratifying a new contract. The union accepted decreases in pay, wage freezes and other personal sacrifices to ensure that the Port Authority would continue at the level of service it provides today. There was never any talk of strikes.
The efforts of the union and Allegheny County Chief Executive Rich Fitzgerald should be commended. They have created the path that Gov. Corbett insisted must exist for him to provide a permanent source of funding for mass transit. Unfortunately, to date, the governor has not fulfilled his promise.
I call upon him to do that now. Only then will we have a solid foundation on which to grow the transit system for the commuters of Allegheny County and then, perhaps someday, for our entire region.
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