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PAT bus riders rally Downtown, demand lower bus fares

Nate Smallwood
| Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, 1:09 p.m.

Port Authority bus riders demanded fair bus fares during a rally Friday in Downtown Pittsburgh.

About 2,500 Allegheny County residents signed a petition calling on the Port Authority board to implement “equitable fare polices which will grow transit ridership in the region.” Demands included the elimination of cash penalty, a cap on fares and free transfers.

“We have a moral problem in Allegheny County…poor folk are paying more for transit than those who can more easily afford it,” Laura Wiens, Director of Pittsburghers for Public Transit said.

The current bus fare is $2.50 per ride with a Connect Card $2.75 for riders who pay cash.

Teireik Williams, 24, of South Oakland, lead chants at a Fair Fares Rally at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Wood Street, Downtown, on Dec. 7, 2018.
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Teireik Williams, 24, of South Oakland, lead chants at a Fair Fares Rally at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Wood Street, Downtown, on Dec. 7, 2018.
Fair Fares Rally at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Wood Street, Downtown, on Dec. 7, 2018.
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Fair Fares Rally at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Wood Street, Downtown, on Dec. 7, 2018.
Fair Fares Rally at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Wood Street, Downtown, on Dec. 7, 2018.
Nate Smallwood | Tribune-Review
Fair Fares Rally at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Wood Street, Downtown, on Dec. 7, 2018.
Fair Fares Rally marches towards Port Authority’s offices, Downtown, on Dec. 7, 2018.
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Fair Fares Rally marches towards Port Authority’s offices, Downtown, on Dec. 7, 2018.
Laura Wiens, director of Pittsburghers for Public Transit, speaks at a Fair Fares Rally at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Wood Street, Downtown, on Dec. 7, 2018.
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Laura Wiens, director of Pittsburghers for Public Transit, speaks at a Fair Fares Rally at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Wood Street, Downtown, on Dec. 7, 2018.
Laura Wiens, director of Pittsburghers for Public Transit, speaks at a Port Authority board meeting on Dec. 7, 2018.
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Laura Wiens, director of Pittsburghers for Public Transit, speaks at a Port Authority board meeting on Dec. 7, 2018.
Fair Fares Rally at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Wood Street, Downtown, on Dec. 7, 2018.
Nate Smallwood | Tribune-Review
Fair Fares Rally at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Wood Street, Downtown, on Dec. 7, 2018.
Port Authority of Allegheny County CEO Katherine Kelleman speaks at a Port Authority board meeting on Dec. 7, 2018.
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Port Authority of Allegheny County CEO Katherine Kelleman speaks at a Port Authority board meeting on Dec. 7, 2018.
Port Authority board members listen to a presentation at a meeting on Dec. 7, 2018.
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Port Authority board members listen to a presentation at a meeting on Dec. 7, 2018.
Fair Fares Rally at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Wood Street, Downtown, on Dec. 7, 2018.
Nate Smallwood | Tribune-Review
Fair Fares Rally at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Wood Street, Downtown, on Dec. 7, 2018.
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