TRIB: Commuters across region continue to ‘dump the pump’


Incline ridership climbed last year at the three U.S. transit agencies that offer the unique service, led by an 11 percent jump in traffic on Port Authority’s Monongahela Incline.

Nice article in the Trib about local commuters going “car-lite”

Meghan Snatchko might skip driving her car to work a few days a week, but the Coraopolis resident figures it’s still saving her money.

“It’s physical activity I wouldn’t normally have time for,” said Snatchko, who bikes about 3 miles from her home in Coraopolis to her job at Sewickley Public Library. “It takes the same amount of time it does to drive, so it’s a no-brainer.”

She’s one of a growing number of commuters finding alternative ways to get around, according to Washington, D.C.-based American Public Transportation Association (APTA), which is marking its eighth annual National Dump the Pump day Thursday.

The organization uses the day to showcase that public transportation can save money for commuters.

Before Clare Westwood opened Clearly Pilates in Sewickley, the Glen Osborne resident daily took a Port Authority bus to and from a job Downtown.

Now, Westwood pedals her bike about 2 miles a day to her Beaver Street fitness center.

“My car pretty much is always parked,” Westwood said, adding that she might use her car a few times a month to transport heavier items to work or for use with her three teenage boys.

Read the full article in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review

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