How The Port Authority Is Trying To Make It Easier To Ride The Bus

May 12, 2015

Have you ever tried to take a city bus without planning ahead? We're talking no Google maps, no bus tracker apps, no folded paper timetables. Just you, walking around a neighborhood, trying to catch the bus somewhere.

Probably not. Because in most places, that's not easy to do.

In many Pennsylvania cities, the bus stops are pretty basic: just a route number and maybe a destination. No map or timetable.  

But in Pittsburgh, that's about to change. The regional transit authority has hired a company called CHK America to overhaul its transit mapping system. CHK has designed transit maps for a lot of cities, including London, Nashville, Santa Barbara, and Washington, D.C. 

In Pittsburgh, a big part of the job will be simply putting maps at the system's approximately 7,000 bus stops.

Each bus stop will have a route map, says Heather Pharo, a spokesperson for the Port Authority of Allegheny County.

Read more of this report at the website of our partner Keystone Crossroads.