Port Authority of Allegheny County riders urged the authority’s board Friday to nix a plan that would require transfers for some riders in Oakland on the way to their destinations in Downtown.
The change would occur once a bus rapid transit system opens between Downtown Pittsburgh and the city’s Oakland neighborhood via dedicated lanes on Fifth and Forbes avenues.
Riders on routes 71 A,B and D and route 61 A, B and C would be affected, according to Port Authority senior planning analyst Amy Silbermann.
Those routes serve: Braddock, Duquesne, Swissvale, McKeesport, Homestead, Highland Park, East Liberty and elsewhere.
Mamadou Ndiaye, an intern for the Borough of Braddock, said the changes would put a burden on Braddock’s many low-income residents traveling Downtown for access to health providers and other services.