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Displaced commuters offered no options

November 13, 2013 News Extra

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Displaced commuters at the Route 528 park and ride lot still are without additional parking, and the prospects for more spaces are dim.

Nearly half of the roughly 100-space lot was closed Oct. 23 for construction of the Butler Transit Authority's $1.9 million expansion project, meaning half of the riders depending on the stop had to find other ways of getting to Pittsburgh.

The transit authority does not use the lot for its route, but hopes to do so in the future with service to Pittsburgh.

The New Castle Transit Authority does use the lot for its trips to Pittsburgh and it has been searching for additional parking spaces for the displaced riders.

At the Butler authority's meeting Tuesday evening, John Paul, director of the authority, said there has been no update on finding another lot.

“We haven't heard anything from New Castle,” he said.

Contacted this morning, Leonard Lastoria, general manager of the New Castle Transit Authority, said the authority has called several places about getting another parking lot, to no avail.

“They're not even getting back to me,” Lastoria said.

If the authority does not find alternative parking during the project, he said it is possible that revenue could be lost.

“So, I don't know what we're going to do,” Lastoria said.

The expansion project will add about 200 spaces to the lot.

The entire lot will close Feb. 1 for about 90 to 150 days until the project is complete.

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