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Rendering of Miltenberger St
Rendering of Forbes Avenue at Miltenberger Street with Bus Rapid Transit
Bus Rapid Transit
Allegheny County, the City of Pittsburgh, Port Authority of Allegheny County, and the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh have proposed a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system that connects Downtown Pittsburgh with Uptown, Oakland, and Wilkinsburg via the East Busway, and includes branches to Squirrel Hill and Highland Park.
This route is projected to link more than 30,000 people across 24 neighborhoods via rapid, frequent, and more reliable transit service that's as fast and comfortable as light rail, but could be built much sooner and at a fraction of the cost.
The route, selected from three options put before the public, 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.
In addition to enhancing public transit, this 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 BRT’s route and street alignment were the first steps of a broad public process.
An environmental review process and preliminary engineering will be completed in the summer of 2017 before submitting the application for federal funding this fall. The project’s current estimated capital cost is $233 million.
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