Keep the Public in Public Transit!

For: PIttsburghers for Public Transit
Pittsburgh, PA
Organizer: Laura Wiens
Keep the Public in Public Transit! (PIttsburghers for Public Transit)
of $5,000 goal
32% Complete
Raised by 25 donors

The Story

WE'RE MORE THAN HALFWAY TO OUR $5000 GOAL! See updates below for the additional donation tally from cash and checks. Thank you all so much for your generosity!

You can see Nathan Van Patter's beautiful piece as a video here:

We appreciate your support of organizing to defend and expand public transit, a vital public resource and an integral part of thriving communities. We'd like to send you these gifts as a thank you! (see main image above for pictures and designs):

  • For a donation of $35, we'd like to send you a beautifully designed shirt by Christina Castillo, a local artist and organizer in Pittsburgh (We'll be in touch with you for t-shirt sizes)
  • For a donation of $50, we'd like to send you a t-shirt, a PPT button, and a transit haiku written by a talented PPT member just for you! 
  • For a donation of $100, we'd like to send you 2 t-shirts, 2 PPT buttons, and a transit haiku written just for you! 
  • For a donation of $1,250, we'll send you an awesome piece of art made by artist Nathan Van Patter, a wooden piece showing riders waiting at a bus stop
  • For a donation of $3,000, we'll send you an amazing 3-D piece, also by Nathan Van Patter, showing a streetscape with a Port Authority bus at the center


Here's some more information on our campaigns and the work we do! Check out our website here!

Now in our 7th year, Pittsburghers for Public Transit is continuing the fight for equity, transparency and access for transit riders and residents across Allegheny County. Bus Lines are Life Lines, and we insist that riders, drivers and residents be at the table for decisions at the Port Authority, the URA, the city and the county that will affect their communities. Help us keep the public in public transit! Your contribution goes directly towards grassroots organizing and keeping Pittsburghers for Public Transit robust and growing. 

Over the past few years, PPT has successfully led 5 campaigns to restore bus service to transit deserts! We are currently spearheading4 key campaigns:

1. To ensure that no communities are left behind with the proposal for a Oakland to Downtown Bus Rapid Transit (BRT),  particularly riders in Braddock, Duquesne and McKeesport. We believe that the BRT plan needs to ensure that Mon Valley communities will not lose transit frequency or connectivity to jobs, healthcare, food and families, and that they should not be forced to pay for a bus transfer to go downtown where they currently have a 1-seat ride.

2. To ensure that long-time residents of Pittsburgh are not forced to leave their communities like East Liberty, where transit service is robust, and displaced into transit deserts in the County. We have been working with residents to advocate for affordable housing adjacent to good transit, in sites like Penn Plaza in East Liberty and the Lexington Industrial Park in North Point Breeze/Homewood.

3. To prevent our transit system from criminalizing transit riders, and from being used as an immigration checkpoint. We are calling Port Authority to change their proposed fare enforcement policy, to use civilian fare enforcement agents instead of armed Port Authority police to check fares, and for fare evasion to result in civil consequences like a citation rather than criminal charges. 

4. To push our city to host comprehensive community forums on autonomous vehicle technology and its potential benefits and harms.PPT is raising issues of equity, access and just transitions for transit workers as Pittsburgh pioneers the use of AV technology with Uber and Argo.

PITTSBURGHERS FOR PUBLIC TRANSITis a grassroots organization of transit riders, workers, and residents who defend and expand public transit. We keep the public in public transit by mobilizing communities to advocate for equitable, affordable, and sustainable transportation systems. We are a project of The Thomas Merton Center, a unique non-profit peace and social justice organization, and located in Garfield.  

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on December 14, 2017

Posted on December 14, 2017

We're grateful for all the people that have participated in this fundraiser so far, and to Smokestack Lightning and the Friends Meeting House for the benefit concert! Many individual donations have been received that aren't reflected in this total, but as of today, we've gotten an additional $2065 in donations by check or cash! 

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