Pittsburgh is known for its abundance of significant architecture. From Daniel Burnham to John Ormsbee Simonds to I.M. Pei, prominent architects have created some of the region's most historic buildings and outdoor spaces. A walk around downtown Pittsburgh reveals that art in public places is a part of this rich heritage.

In the 1980s, we began construction of its light rail transit system to connect downtown with surrounding communities in the Pittsburgh area. As part of the development of this system, we worked with local arts leader Carol Brown to commission several prominent American artists to integrate works of art into the designs for the Gateway, Steel Plaza, and Wood Street light rail stations.  

This collection of artworks is notable for the range of artists included, and for their individual contribution to mid-to-late 20th century American art. Each of the artists has works of art in museums such as the Carnegie Museum of Art, and other institutions throughout the United States and the world.

Gateway Station        

Steel Plaza Station        

Wood Street Station        


Public art makes a space feel important and well-cared for, and in turn improves the experience of those around it. Learn more about the intersection between transit and public art, and check back with this page for updates on our public art projects.

Public art is a creative expression by a third-party artist presented in media visual form that is placed in or on public space. 

Public art can be important to transit agencies for several reasons:

  • - Improves the customer experience
  • - Encourages ridership
  • - Improves the perception of transit
  • - Enhances community livability
  • - Deters vandalism
  • - Increases safety and security

RESPECT by Janel Young

Our busiest bus stop, located on Smithfield Street at Sixth Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh, became a canvas for local artist Janel Young in the summer of 2021.  

Funded by Smart Growth America, Young’s piece titled “RESPECT” plays with the concept of space and encourages riders to be mindful of their neighbors. It is one of three projects in the second round of Smart Growth America’s Arts & Transportation Response Initiative.

Learn More About the Project


Art Policy

Our Art Policy sets expectations for the review, considerations, and approval of adding or removing art on Port Authority property. 

View the Art Policy

View the Board Presentation


Additional Resources

To learn more about transit and public art, visit:

www.transportation.art