Matzie supports important SWPA transportation initiatives

Harrisburg, March 18 – At a House Transportation Committee informational meeting earlier this week, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver, expressed his support for progress made on important infrastructure developments in Southwestern Pennsylvania.

At the meeting, Matzie directed multiple questions to testifier Ellen McLean, chief executive officer for the Port Authority of Allegheny County, about the current and future use of CNG vehicles in their fleet, and continued public transportation access to the Golden Triangle. McLean told Matzie that the port authority intends to maintain a diversified fleet composed of both traditional and CNG buses for the foreseeable future. 

Matzie also expressed his concern over the possibility of new charges for passengers traveling from the stadiums to the Golden Triangle and was told that despite pending contract negotiations, the expectation is to continue the traditionally free rides.

Matzie also asked McLean about the future of Bus Rapid Transit, specifically as it related to the Golden Triangle-to-Oakland route. McLean informed him that one of the major hurdles to that initiative is implementing bus-dedicated lanes throughout the area, although progress continues with the project.