Alexis Rzewski of Point Breeze said he boarded a P1 East Busway-All Stops bus in East Liberty at about 6:20 a.m. By Negley Station it was full, leaving an estimated 40 people, many of them runners, to wait for the next bus 30 minutes later.
He said a collective groan went up when the bus approached the crowded station. "We all knew they were not all going to fit in."
Bus crowding has been a problem on many routes since service was reduced by 15 percent in March 2011. Another 35 percent of service on Sept. 2 will eliminate 48 of the remaining 102 routes. Authority officials say the cuts can be avoided only if the state moves to provide a more reliable and growing funding stream.