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Who Are The Winners And Losers In The Future Of Pittsburgh's Transit Systems?

Katie Blackley
90.5 WESA
Some transit advocates say Port Authority riders who use cash to pay their fares are being unfairly made to pay more than ConnectCard users.

Some advocates are worried that recent changes to Pittsburgh’s public transit system could hurt the riders that use it most. 

Port Authority of Allegheny County is offering a discount for ConnectCard users, which some argue is hurting low-income transit users who pay in cash.

Money could be a problem for the region’s Bus Rapid Transit proposal, which is at risk of losing federal funding under the Trump administration. And, is excitement over the hyperloop distracting from real transit issues?

Joining us to discuss the region’s transit issues are Pittsburgh Post Gazette reporter Kate Giammarise, WESA development and transportation reporter Margaret J. Krauss and the Pittsburgh City Paper’s Ryan Deto.

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The Confluence, where the news comes together, is 90.5 WESA’s weekly news program. Each week, reporters, editors and storytellers join veteran journalist and host Kevin Gavin to take an in-depth look at stories important to the Pittsburgh region. Find more episodes of The Confluence here.

Katie Blackley is a digital editor/producer for 90.5 WESA and 91.3 WYEP, where she writes, edits and generates both web and on-air content for features and daily broadcast. She's the producer and host of our Good Question! series and podcast. She also covers history and the LGBTQ community.
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