People who ride buses are total losers, so the businesses in downtown Pittsburgh don’t want them hanging out in front of their properties:
Port Authority has begun working on a plan to remove buses and bus stops from the heart of Downtown Pittsburgh. The plan, backed by Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and the city’s presumptive mayor-to-be, Bill Peduto, would relocate routes and stops toward the edges of the Golden Triangle, creating what Mr. Fitzgerald called “a zone in the core of Downtown that is bus-free.”
Mr. Fitzgerald said Downtown building and business owners have been pushing for relocation of bus routes and stops for years to ease traffic congestion and eliminate crowding on sidewalks in front of their buildings. “It’s not just the buses, it’s the bus stops” that are perceived as a problem, he said.
The proposal has broad support in the Downtown business community and is backed by the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership and Allegheny Conference on Community Development, Mr. Fitzgerald said.
Public transit has a 38.4% mode share in downtown Pittsburgh. That is pretty good for an American city. If it ain’t broke, why fix it?