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Pittsburgh business leaders offer plans in case of transit strike

| Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2008

Allegheny County businesses need to plan -- not panic -- in the event of a full-blown Port Authority strike.

That was the message delivered this morning at a meeting Downtown hosted by the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership.

The groups offered the dozens of business leaders who were present tips for operating in the midst of a public-transit shutdown and unveiled a Web site to assist them.

"This is really a great opportunity for you to think about how your employees get to work," said Mike Edwards, CEO of the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership. "We're here to offer up some solutions."

Those solutions included staggering shifts at work and allowing employees to telecommute as well as implementing flexible schedules and requiring employees with parking leases to carpool.

"It's absolutely essential that businesses of Southwestern Pennsylvania are prepared," said Ken Zapinski, senior vice president of transportation and infrastructure for the Allegheny Conference on Community Development. "If there's a transit strike, it's not just people (coming) Downtown who are affected."

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