Save Harmar garage
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 resultâ¢ 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
The writer is the Allegheny County councilman from District 7.