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Save Harmar garage

Tribune-Review
| Thursday, March 17, 2011 12:00 a.m

On March 27, the Port Authority will close its Harmar garage and cut over 20 service routes because of what it calls a lack of funding.

The Port Authority received $45 million in December, but chose to put that funding into next year’s fiscal budget and impose unnecessary cuts for vital services in the Valley. The result• We will lose local tax revenue, local business revenue and up to 200 direct jobs, while facing rising fuel prices.

I am asking the authority to reconsider this decision for the sake of the citizens of the Valley. It must apply the $45 million to this fiscal year’s budget to avoid closing the Harmar garage and cutting bus routes. Our state representatives — who agreed to fund a portion of the Port Authority’s budget, but haven’t — must do so.

Without viable public transportation — for many of our residents, the bus is their only source of transportation — our community will not remain the “most livable” and the growth we have sustained the past several years will become a distant memory.

Nicholas W. Futules

Verona

The writer is the Allegheny County councilman from District 7.

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