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Transit authority announces budget to add new route to to Pittsburgh

May 16, 2018 News Extra

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County officials and longtime passengers shared a ride to Pittsburgh on Thursday morning aboard a Butler Transit Authority bus so the riders could share their concerns about the Pittsburgh route, which the authority took over in December from a local bus company.

At the board's Tuesday meeting, Butler County Transit Authority director John Paul announced that the budget to add the route to Pittsburgh from Butler to Route 68 and down Route 19 will be an estimated $365,000.

With revenues estimated at $108,000, the project's budget would see a $256,000 deficit. But Paul said that shortfall would be offset by state and federal operating funds the authority expects to receive. He said the final specifications for the compressed natural gas fueling station will be available within the next few weeks.

Board member Lance Calvert said he thinks $5 each way sounds too inexpensive when gasoline costs for a commuter driving to Pittsburgh would be more, not to mention parking and other costs associated with the commute.

“That's correct,” Paul said. “That's the attraction.”

The board voted unanimously to approve the tentative schedule, which Paul did not want to divulge until more research is complete.

Read the full story in Thursday's Butler Eagle.

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Paula Grubbs

Paula Grubbs

Paula Grubbs is a Butler County native who has been with the Butler and Cranberry Eagle newspapers since June 2000. Grubbs has covered the Mars School District and Middlesex Township for over 20 years with the Eagle and her former employer, the Cranberry Journal. She also covers Adams Township, Evans City and Mars in addition to events and incidents throughout Southwestern Butler County as assigned. Grubbs has taken the lead at the Cranberry Eagle in reporting on shale gas development, which has been a hotly debated topic in the recent past, both locally and nationally. A 1979 graduate of Butler Senior High School and a 1994 graduate of Geneva College, Grubbs has won a Golden Quill and four Keystone state awards, plus an award from the Society of Professional Journalists. Grubbs enjoys following the Penguins, Pirates and Steelers, volunteers with the Connoquenessing Creek Cleanup each summer, and loves spending time outdoors and bird watching at her Penn Township home. Grubbs is the daughter of James R. Davis Sr., of Center Township, and the late Maxine Davis. She has two grown children, Jacqueline and Thomas.