Essential Pittsburgh

    • PAT Bus on Carson Street

      Privatizing Public Transit

      Last Tuesday, House Bill 10 passed the Senate, and now awaits Governor Corbett’s signature. The bill would mean that the Public Utility Commission, not the Port Authority, would review applications to provide bus service in Allegheny County. House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny), who sponsored the bill, said it will end the Port Authority’s “monopoly.” We talk to State Representative Mark Mustio (R-Allegheny) about what privatized bus routes may mean for mass transit in Allegheny County.

    • Merrell Oyster_The Race

      Merrell Oyster_The Race is an urban hybrid adventure, sending teams of 3-6 racers out on a mystery course around the city. Oyster is the longest-running “urban adventure race” in the U.S., now in its ninth season. The Pittsburgh race takes place on Saturday. We talk to event director Emily Salberg and Jen Parco, who ran in last year’s race.