Changes to Bus Service

Changes to bus service in Morningside will be coming soon. Starting Sun., Sept. 5, 94B service to N. Negley and Penn Avenues, Larimer, Aspinwall, Waterworks and O’Hara will be discontinued. Beginning Sept. 7th route 77F will be revised and replaced by 87 Friendship (Morningside branch). 87 Friend


ship will operate between Downtown Pittsburgh, the Strip District, Bloomfield, Friendship, Negley and Stanton Avenues, Chislett, Greenwood and Jancey streets. Limited trips will operate to Baker and Butler streets. Service to Larimer from East Liberty, formerly offered by the 94B, will be available on route 74 Homewood-Squirrel Hill. Meanwhile, service to Waterworks is available on route 74B and 500 from East Liberty. Both operate through Highland Park, not Morningside. Alternate trips on route 87 will serve Stanton Heights beyond Stanton at Chislett. Limited trips will operate to Baker and Butler streets. Service on the Stanton Heights branch of 87 Friendship will operate seven days a week.

PAT Hearing on Proposed Changes

Port Authority of Allegheny County will hold a public hearing and public comment period on proposed fare and service changes. Fare changes are scheduled to be implemented on Saturday, January 1, 2011. Service changes are scheduled for Sunday, January 9, 2011.  The public hearing will be held Thursday, August 19, 2010 from 8 am to 8 pm at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Downtown Pittsburgh. Individuals wishing to testify are encouraged to pre-register by calling 412.566.5437 (TTY 412-231-7007) from 9 am to 3:30 pm on weekdays.

Oral testimony will be limited to three minutes per speaker. Those who have not pre-registered may register at the hearing and will be called on as time slots become available. Port Authority will provide a sign language interpreter at the hearing as well as Braille copies of informational documents. The public comment period will begin Wednesday, July 28, 2010. Comments on the proposals will be accepted by mail at Port Authority Fare & Service Proposals, Heinz 57 Center, 345 Sixth Avenue, Floor 3, Pittsburgh PA 15222- 2527. Comments may also be submitted online via . The deadline for receipt of public comments is Tuesday, August 31, 2010 at 4 pm.  For more information, including details on transportation to the hearing, call Customer Service at 412.442.2000 (TTY 412.231.7007) or visit . To request printed information only, call 412.566.5543

Potential Greenway Designation

Please attend a community meeting on Thursday, July 1st, 2010, 7:00pm – 8:00pm, at the Union Project, 801 N. Negley Avenue, to learn more about the Greenway designation and whether it makes sense for the green hillside along Baker and Butler Streets in the Morningside and Stanton Heights neighborhoods. This meeting will be attended by the City Planning Department, the Real Estate Department, and Councilman Patrick Dowd.

The City of Pittsburgh, in partnership with community groups, may designate publicly owned land as “Greenway”. Lands that are designated as part of a Greenway have certain protections from development, typical park programming, and other high-impact uses. Alternatively, this land can be improved by community members interested in fighting dumping, removing invasive species from the land, or creating small, unpaved trails for community use.

Please help us spread the word to your neighbors., If you have any questions, please contact Councilman Dowd’s office at 412-255-2140.

Two Great Recycling Opportunities!

Two great opportunities to recycle and make sure your unwanted items are being disposed of properly!   First, the Allegheny County Health Department and The Pennsylvania Resources Council are partnering to provide free curbside pickup and disposal of freon containing appliances. Includes refrigerators, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, water coolers, and freezers. No commercial appliances please. Click for more info! To schedule your free pickup call the Appliance Warehouse 1-888-463-7366. Secondly, the next 2010 Hard to Recycle Even, September 25th…

Acceptable items include:  Tires, E-waste, Useable Building Materials, Medical Supplies,
Cell Phones, Alkaline Batteries, CFLs & Printer/Toner Cartridges  Click here for all the details!

Become a Tree Tender

The MACC & TreeVitalize Pittsburgh a partnership to restore tree cover in the Pittsburgh region) invites you to join in the effort by REQUESTING a planting of a FREE Street Tree on your sidewalk. Street trees are trees planted between a street curb & sidewalk.

Request includes FREE evaluation of site, FREE curb cut (if needed), FREE Tree (if approved), FREE planting. Please know that the trees will be sized appropriately to the area; relieving the possibilities of too large roots that can damage sidewalks and utilities. Please know that these are smaller shade trees and not overwhelming forest trees.

If you haven’t noticed, we have already planted over 50 sidewalk street trees in the community and we hope to reach 100 or more by 2010.

If you would like to be considered for a

FREE tree & planting, contact Amy Ervin at 412-414-7407.

Message from Councilman Dowd

PARKING & PENSIONS: After the August break, the City faces a critical decision on the future of our public garages. The State Legislature has required the City to increase its pension fund assets by $210 million to meet at least 50% of its obligations. The Mayor has presented his plan to privatize the garages as the last best idea to meet this obligation. He argues that failure to enact his plan will lead to state takeover of the pension and ultimately, a tax increase to meet the obligation.

The Mayor’s proposal settles for a one-time infusion of cash while relinquishing community control over significant public assets for generations. While my fellow City Council members have floated numerous alternative proposals, City Controller Michael Lamb and I have drafted a separate plan for consideration.

The Mayor has distributed a draft request for proposals for the community and council to review. Council will be looking for feedback to the Mayor’s and council members’ proposals at a series of public meetings in September. But I encourage you to attend the next Morningside Council-to-Go on Thursday, August 26 from 6:30pm to 8pm at Morning Glory, 1806 Chislett Street. We want to hear your thoughts on these various proposals.

GREENWAY: At a community meeting hosted by our office on July 1, Morningside and Stanton Heights residents met with City representatives to discuss the benefits and responsibilities of a greenway. The greenway was first proposed by Morningside residents and would include an overlook at the intersection of Morningside Avenue and Baker Street and a wooded greenway down to the Allegheny River. City employees presented how a greenway provides passive recreation opportunities, improves water management and erosion control, enhances aesthetics, and raises property values.

My office highlighted how the City and numerous nonprofit agencies contribute to the long-term maintenance of greenways. Communities that have entered into greenway agreements have access to public and nonprofit resources for the clean-up of significant debris and the prevention of illegal dumping.

Both the MACC and the Stanton Heights Neighborhood Association have voted to move forward with the development of a greenway. My office will now submit letters to that effect to City Planning, and then I’ll introduce legislation to City Council informing them of this project. The legislation then goes to City Planning and the Planning Commission. To learn more about or get involved with this green project, please phone 412.255.2140 or email us at

City Councilman Patrick Dowd

Small Business Development Center

John Dobransky of the University of Pittsburgh Small Business Development Center will be at the next MACC meeting on July 7th to discuss their neighborhood outreach program. Representative Costa invited John and the SBDC to Morningside to provide local businesses with assistance and provide consultation to residents looking to start their own enterprise.

John will be based in Rep. Costa from 8:30am to 4:00pm on the days listed below:







Everyone is encouraged to make appointments by calling 412 624 2290 or call Rep Costa’s office.

Preserve Pittsburgh Public Meetings

The City of Pittsburgh is embarking on its first Comprehensive Plan, creating a shared vision and policies for the next 25 years of our City’s development. Plan components currently in progress include Open Space Parks and Recreation, Transportation, Public Art and Urban Design. Next to launch is PRESERVEPGH, the Cultural Heritage Plan with a series of public meetings.  PRESERVEPGH will provide the City with a working document that holistically identifies historic and cultural assets; considers the issues, problems and opportunities associated with those resources; and develops goals, policies, and strategies for their appropriate use, conservation, preservation and protection.

Please join us at one of these introductory PRESERVEPGH meetings:

Monday,April 12 6-8pm
Estelle S. Campbell Boys and Girls Club
4600 Butler Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15201

Thursday,April 15 6-8 pm
James Center
327 South Main Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15220

Monday,April 19 6-8pm
New Hazlett Theatre
6 Allegheny Square E
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

meetings are free and open to the public

To learn more about PRESERVEPGH and other components of the City’s Comprehensive Plan,
visit . or call 412.393.0160