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COMING SOON TO A NEIGHBORHOOD NEAR YOU!
 
The purpose of these meetings is to:
- update you on the status of BRT planning.
- answer your questions about the planning process
- collection your input on station placement and street design
 
CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO VIEW THE FLIER:
 
 Uptown - June 20 Greenfield and Squirrel Hill - June 27 Downtown - June 28 Oakland workshop - June 28 Highland Park workshop - June 29
 
MORE DATES AND LOCATIONS COMING SOON!
 
 
 

 

After careful consideration and review of public input, the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) option that connects Downtown Pittsburgh with Uptown, Oakland, and Wilkinsburg via the East Busway, and includes branches to Squirrel Hill and Highland Park has been selected as the Locally Preferred Alternative for which funding will be sought.

As the longest and most comprehensive option, the selection of the "Core+2" option will link more than 30,000 people across 24 neighborhoods via rapid, frequent, and more reliable service that's as fast and comfortable as light rail, but could be built much sooner and at a fraction of the cost.

Details such as funding sources and transit station locations will be addressed in coming months as planning for the rapid network continues.

LOCALLY PREFERRED ALTERNATIVE BRT ROUTE

Downtown-Uptown-Oakland-East Busway-Wilkinsburg + Squirrel Hill branch + Highland Park branch

 

“Thank you to the many residents, organizations and stakeholders that came out to the public meetings to share their thoughts on the proposed routes,” said County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. “This is just the first in many other decisions that will need to be made to move this project forward, but we’re delighted that we were able to reach consensus on the locally preferred alternative. We look forward to the continued engagement of the community as we move through the additional steps to make the BRT a reality.”

The locally preferred alternative incorporates input from thousands of community members and stakeholders over several years, including more than 2,500 responses in March and April alone. The public also preferred dedicated bus lanes on Forbes Avenue outbound and Fifth Avenue inbound over the other Oakland alignment option.

 

OAKLAND ALIGNMENT

Fifth and Forbes

 

In addition to enhancing public transit, this BRT project has the potential to unlock development and contribute to neighborhood growth and link residents to job centers, educational opportunities, medical services, and cultural attractions.

"The positive impact of this project will be felt for decades," said Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto. "As I said from the outset, I only wish we could expand it even farther."

The BRT’s route and street alignment were the first steps of a broad public process. Allegheny County, the City of Pittsburgh, Port Authority, and the Urban Redevelopment Authority will continue to engage the public through workshops and discussion groups beginning in June.

An environmental review process and preliminary engineering will be completed this summer before submitting the application for federal funding this fall. The project’s current estimated capital cost is $233 million.

 


Questions? Comments?
 
Or write to:
BRT Public Input
Port Authority of Allegheny County
345 Sixth Ave, 3rd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

What is BRT?

Click on the image below to view some basic elements of typical BRT systems:
 

Click on the image below to download the BRT PowerPoint presentation:

 

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