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Tomorrow, Wednesday, February 24th, the Port Authority of Allegheny County will hold their first public hearing on establishing a flat fare to replace the current zone system at the William Penn Ballroom in Downtown Pittsburgh. There will be a second public hearing from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on March 8 at the Connolly Ballroom inside Alumni Hall in Oakland.

From the Post-Gazette:

Starting next January, the authority is proposing a $2.50 fare for all riders who use the prepaid Connectcard instead of the current system that charges $2.50 for shorter trips and $3.75 for longer trips. Cash customers would pay $2.75.

The lower fare would benefit about 26 percent of all riders. The authority expects to make up the loss of about $4.4 million in the first year over a two- or three-year period through increased ridership and lower costs…

The changes also would require all passengers to pay when they enter, eliminate free bus rides Downtown, charge $2 for new or replacement Connectcards in January 2017 and in July 2017 make the T a cashless system that uses only Connectcards.

Despite this rather significant proposed change, it has generated apparently little interest as only four people have signed up to speak at this meeting as of this morning.


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Anyone attending the forum can speak for up to three minutes — you can register in advance to speak by calling 412-566-5187 or 412-231-7007 for TTY. And, even if you aren’t interested in speaking, you can go to view the Authority’s informational displays or ask staff members individual questions.

If you’re unable to attend, but would still like to make a statement, you can file a written comment through March 31 at, or by emailing¬†, or sending it via snail mail to Port Authority of Allegheny County, Attn: Fare Policy Proposal, 345 Sixth Ave. Third Floor, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15222.

Port Authority Public Hearing on a Flat Fare
When: William Penn Ballroom at the Omni William Penn Hotel, 530 William Penn Pl, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Where: Comments Taken from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.