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On December 21st, the outgoing County Executive announced the start of a permanent discount transit fare program for low-income residents of Allegheny County. This is a victory, no doubt, and will vastly increase access for more than 134,000 children and adults across Allegheny County.

But the data shows that half-price fares only get our families halfway there. We need a fully zero-fare transit program for all low-income households in Allegheny County.

Data from the Discount Fares Pilot Program that ran throughout 2023 showed that even families who paid half fare reported overwhelmingly that transportation costs were still a barrier that eliminated access to food, medical appointments, childcare, affordable housing, and family-building recreation.

Allegheny County has the highest transit fares in the state. Removing the cost of fares resulted in an 8x increase in the number of trips that families could make to their essentials. This was twice as much access as the half-fare group.

We can’t stop halfway to a solution. The time is now to support County Executive Innamorato in her goal of expanding a permanent zero-fare program to families throughout Allegheny County.

Read the full letter here and add your name and/or organization to the letter to show support for a permanent zero-fare program for our low-income families and neighbors.

Campaign History

Transit riders, organizations, and elected representatives have be working for years to initiate a zero-fare program for low-income households in Allegheny County.

Last year their efforts paid off. The Allegheny County Department of Human services launched a pilot program to test the impact of discounted fares. 

As the pilot closes its first year, and new leadership takes over at the County, there has never been a bigger opportunity to expand transit access for our families and neighbors.

A core of organizations have put together a sign-on letter to support the County in expanding the zero-fare program and making it permanent for all SNAP/EBT households. You can support the program by adding your name to the letter here.

Fare Relief for a Full Recovery Interviews

Transit fares in Allegheny County are some of the most expensive in the United States. Removing the barrier of fares would be transformational for residents of our county. 


These organizations were part of the initial group that helped to call for a discounted transit fare program.

Food Policy Council
UrbanKind Institute
The Kingsley Association
412 Food Rescue
Just Harvest
Casa San Jose
Black Women's Policy Agenda
Opportunity Fund
Bloomfield Development Corporation
House of Manna
Moishe House Pittsburgh
Restaurant Opportunities Centers
East End Food Coop
E.A.T. Initiative
Homewood Concerned Citizens Council
Lawrenceville United
Hill District Concensus Group
Harvie Farm Stand
Breathe Project
Pittsburgh Budget and Policy Center
Community Kitchen PGH
Catapult Greater Pittsburgh
Alliance for Police Accountability
Pittsburgh United
Pittsburgh Mutual Aid
Black Urban Gardeners and Farmers of Pittsburgh Co-Op
Mayor Nickole Nesby, City of Duquesne & City of Duqesne Planning Department
Pittsburgh Human Rights City Alliance
Primary Care Health Services, Inc.
Grow Pittsburgh
Project Silk
Oakland Planning and Development Corporation
Bridge Outreach
Pittsburgh Chamber of Cooperatives
Plant-Based Pittsburgh
Human Services Center Corporation
Open Up
Bellevue Farmers Market
Repair the World - Pittsburgh
APALA Pittsburgh - Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance
Work Hard PGH
Green Party of Allegheny County
Central Outreach Wellness Center
Community & Students for All Workers - CSAW
Academy Pittsburgh
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Pittsburghers for Public Transit
Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank

Green Grocer

Disability Options Network