PAT Buses Technologically Advancing While Falling Apart

PAT Bus seat falling apart in Pittsburgh
PAT Bus seat falling apart in Pittsburgh
PAT Bus seat falling apart in Pittsburgh

This seat was not removed to accommodate visitors for the National Veterans Wheelchair Games that was hosted in Pittsburgh last week. It’s just one of the many trashed PAT buses driving around the Burgh.

Pittsburgh buses are gross. Not only because some of the riders are disrespectful and careless, but also because PAT apparently doesn’t do their fair share to keep them clean.

Taking the bus sucks. When your product sucks, your company fails. So it shouldn’t come as a big surprise that PAT needed to cut routes earlier this year. But instead of spending money on tracking their passengers, they should consider hiring a cleaning crew.

The $32 million project is designed to improve collections and provide valuable new data about ridership…

It was a brilliant move to “test” the smart card implementation on Pitt students and staff. They ride the bus for free, so there’s not much for them to argue or think about.

Hmm, let’s try to be logical here. They bought a $32,000,000 tracking system. But 6 months ago they couldn’t afford to maintain all the bus routes.


Wait a minute. Other news sources have written that Pitt students get unlimited free rides on PAT buses. That is completely false. There is a transportation fee of $90/semester built into the tuition at Pitt. How else would the University be able to pay the Port Authority $6.8 million for the service?

WTF Pittsburgh?

Author: BPGH Staff

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7 thoughts on “PAT Buses Technologically Advancing While Falling Apart”

  1. I hate how the news reports quote people saying it will make getting on the bus faster. Nothing is faster than flashing your i.d.

  2. Boring Pittsburgh: It’s likely the seat cushion was not installed properly – it’s not broken. Many of these older buses either are in the process of being rehabbed (like new), or replaced with new vehicles (thanks to capital grants) this fall and again in 2012. The overall age of our fleet will greatly improve – as will issues like the one you featured. This includes about 60 new “articulated” buses (the longer buses) that will add capacity to many routes experiencing crowding issues. This should help, especially since we had to reduce service in March due to a state funding cut.

  3. The buses in Pittsburgh are far dirtier than those of any other city I’ve been to, and I’ve been to many. Dirt and germs are generally invisible, but when it is caked on and easy to see like on PAT buses, it is a bad sign.

  4. The public transit system in Pittsburgh is abysmal. I have lived in more than ten U.S. cities and I have never seen such a shoddy system. Cut service when buses are often overcrowded while implementing new fare boxes?? That makes zero sense. I think it is great that so many people in Pittsburgh choose to utilize public transit instead of driving; why does the PAT insist upon making it difficult and unpleasant to do so? I have seen a few trashed seats like the one pictured above, but could live with that if I could find a seat on a bus occasionally, instead of finding myself crammed in with the other 300 people who are also trying to make it to their jobs on time. PAT should spend its money more wisely: run more buses on more routes, and streamline the system so that the buses are actually ON TIME. The new and “improved” fare boxes do nothing to speed up payment and entry/exit times when there are too many people on the bus.

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