Policy Brief

Port Authority passengers and finances in the pandemic

Summary:  The Port Authority of Allegheny County has been hit hard by the pandemic in terms of ridership and fare collection—both down about 67 percent.  However, state and federal funds offset most of the operating losses.  This has allowed the … Continue reading

Colin McNickle at Large

Educator says no one will act on PPS facts

Here’s an insightful letter from a faithful reader on the recently published Allegheny Institute op-ed regarding the continuing struggles of Pittsburgh Public Schools (PPS). Additional paragraph breaks have been added for clarity; the writer’s name has been withheld to protect … Continue reading


Pittsburgh’s proposed 2021 budget

The mayor of Pittsburgh delivered the state of the city message and presented the 2021 operating and capital budgets to City Council on Nov. 9. The proposed operating budget will have $569.9 million in total revenues, $563.7 million in total … Continue reading