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Subject With scooters gone, can we finally talk about real mobility solutions?
Date July 12, 2023 12:43 PM
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PPT is on the verge of winning the biggest campaign in our history - free fares for all SNAP/EBT families in Allegheny County - but it won’t happen unless we show we have power.
You can build strength to win this campaign by becoming a PPT Member today.
Our goal is to bring on 100 new and renewing members before our Summer Picnic on August 9th so that we can have big power for a big win for Allegheny County transit riders. You can help us toward our goal by joining or renewing your PPT Membership today!
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Image description: yellow sign reading "Pittsburgh 100 Day Transit Platform" set against a bus shelter with a reflection of a transit rider waiting and a red PRT bus riding past. Image credit: Teireik Williams
The E-Scooter Pilot Program Is Dead - but It Isn't a Victory Until We Have Real Solutions
This week, as the PA Senate decided not to take up legislation that would extend and expand shared E-Scooter programs in Pennsylvania, they have effectively stopped the SPIN scooter pilot program here in Pittsburgh. Residents throughout Pittsburgh who are disabled, elderly, have real mobility needs, and are in search of real mobility solutions have long raised concerns about scooters and their prioritization in the City's transportation policy and the unreliable, untransparent data around safety and environmental impact that the company was reporting to the City. It is good that the PA Senate heard these concerns, however, the end of this Scooter pilot is not a victory. The issues that we have uplifted throughout our campaign have not been won and we will continue organizing toward these goals because they are more pressing than ever.
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Image description: a strong crew of more than 20 transit advocates pose hold Transit fro All PA! signs and their fists in the air on the steps of the PA Capitol after the HB 1307 press conference.
PPT Members Rally in Harrisburg for Expanded Transit Funding Options
On the morning of June 20th,, an enthusiastic crowd of State Legislators, Transit Agency Representatives, Transit Worker Union Leaders, and Transit Advocates led by Representative Joe Hohenstein and Representative Sara Innamorato, gathered on the steps of the State Capitol for a press conference to promote Hohenstein’s new House Bill HB 1307 [[link removed]] that would allow the SEPTA region, Allegheny County, and Lancaster County the option to raise local transit funding to supplement existing state funding for transit.
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Image description: selfie taken of PPT members canvassing at bus stops in downtown Pittsburgh.
PPT joins transit advocates statewide to say that PA’s Budget surplus should increase access for millions of Pennsylvanians
Excerpt from the letter sent by Transit Forward Philadelphia, Pittsburghers for Public Transit, Clean Air Council, Philly Transit Riders Union, Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadephia, POWER Interfaith, 5th Square, and Mobilify to Governor Josh Shapiro and leaders in the PA House and Senate:
"We are writing to ask Pennsylvania lawmakers to support additional operating assistance in the Commonwealth budget for public transportation. Transit systems across the Commonwealth are advocating for a 1.8% increase in the current allocation of Pennsylvania sales taxes to support operators, and avoid service cuts, fare increases, and job cuts. Public transit runs in all of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties – moving millions of riders each day, employing thousands of workers, and bolstering urban and rural economies throughout the Commonwealth."
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It’s Board Election time! Read about all the incredible PPT Members who are running to join our Board of Directors.
The ballot will open after candidates introduce themselves at tonight's PPT Meeting and will remain open until the end of the month.
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PPT's July Meeting is hybrid! We'll be in-person at 1 Smithfield Street and virtually on Zoom. We'll hear from candidates running for PPT"s Board of Directors, get updates on campaigns, and lay the groundwork for a new campaign to push for a broader vision for improved service throughout Allegheny County.
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Help make PPT's Summer Membership Drive a success! Volunteer for a phone bank party today:
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Pittsburghers for Public Transit is a grassroots union of transit riders, workers and neighbors. Together, we organize for a more affordable, accessible and expanded transit system that meets all our needs, with no communities left out.
PPT is fueled by volunteer energy of people like you. Donate today to support our organizing for transit justice.
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