PATransit Tuesday: The future of PAT

We’re looking at the future, and actually, it’s looking good!

Port Authority is working with the massive amount of data that they have to create a system to let riders know in real-time, if their buses will be late.  CMU’s app Tiramisu  aimed to do that, but was based on rider input.  If no one was on the bus ahead of you to record the data, it reverts to the timetables.  It’s still a really cool app and I love using it, but this is the obvious next step.

And in even better news: no rate increases or service reductions are on the horizon!  For the first time in recent history, PAT has an influx of cash, thanks to Act 89 from Harrisburg.  And thankfully, the board of PAT is taking it’s time: while they want to restore service, they are committed to seeing what is most needed and working with the low-hanging fruit first.

While there was no mention of Bus Rapid Transit, and that would mostly come from capital money anyway, I’m still wary, especially since the latest plans have it running between Oakland and Downtown, an area already adequately served, but we’ll hold off that discussion for another day.

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