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More Buses - Less Crowding

People who ride the Route 51 Port Authority bus when ridership is highest may get on the bus more quickly starting August 31. The Port Authority of Allegheny County announced improvements to Carrick service and other changes to its bus schedules to take affect on that date.

More buses will be added to 51 Carrick during weekday morning and afternoon peak periods to reduce overcrowding, according to the Port Authority, which means that buses will run more frequently. Weekend service is also being increased.

Extra morning and afternoon trips will be added to the 51L Carrick Limited as well.

While Carrick buses are among the most crowded, bus service for 22 Port Authority routes will be increased at the end of the month due to higher funding from Pennsylvania's Act 89, the Comprehensive Transportation Funding Plan. The Port Authority's goal was to reduce overcrowding while increasing on-time arrivals. The changes reverse service cuts put in place during the last several years.

The Port Authority adjusts schedules four times yearly based on passenger counts, feedback from operators, riders and communities, and other information. The next service adjustments will take place in November.

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