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Old November 11th, 2010, 05:02 PM   #21
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Their MLK East Busway is supposed to be one of the better BRT systems in the country.
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Old November 12th, 2010, 01:47 AM   #22
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Of course what would be a thread about Pittsburgh's public transportation system without the inclines?



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Old November 12th, 2010, 06:36 AM   #23
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A map showing the North Shore extension of the Pittsburgh "T" light rail system now under construction.





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Old November 12th, 2010, 11:13 PM   #24
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Map of the Martin Luther King Jr. East Busway


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Old November 12th, 2010, 11:35 PM   #25
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Old November 13th, 2010, 07:38 PM   #27
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The city looks well connected, I hope more people realize how convenient it is to have mass transit systems in American cities.
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Old November 15th, 2010, 03:47 AM   #28
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The city looks well connected, I hope more people realize how convenient it is to have mass transit systems in American cities.
Well compared to the East Coast cities, Chicago, or San Francisco the city is not as well connected as it should be.

That being said along with the Northshore expansion there are plans to extend the "T" light rail west to the Pittsburgh International Airport.
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Old November 15th, 2010, 04:18 AM   #29
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so the north shore extension is being worked on right now? and that will eventually go to the airport? or is that part also being worked on?

looks like a good system for the city
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Old November 15th, 2010, 06:05 AM   #30
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so the north shore extension is being worked on right now? and that will eventually go to the airport? or is that part also being worked on?

looks like a good system for the city
Right now they are working on the North Shore extension (expected to open next year) which will connect the light rail to Heinz Field, PNC Park, Carnegie Science Center, the Andy Warhol Museum, and the Rivers Casino.

They (the Port Authority of Allegheny County) are planning to add light rail to the airport but given that the tunnel was way overbudget to begin with that probably will not happen for a while at least.
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Old November 15th, 2010, 06:55 AM   #31
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Right now they are working on the North Shore extension (expected to open next year) which will connect the light rail to Heinz Field, PNC Park, Carnegie Science Center, the Andy Warhol Museum, and the Rivers Casino.

They (the Port Authority of Allegheny County) are planning to add light rail to the airport but given that the tunnel was way overbudget to begin with that probably will not happen for a while at least.
It's good to see that Pittsburgh's North Shore Connecter will be completed soon.

As far as light rail to the airport, that's a long way off, if ever!
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Old November 15th, 2010, 09:43 AM   #32
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What is the Brown Line's purpose of making a huge detour without stops?

Nice to see something about Pittsburgh here!
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Old November 15th, 2010, 10:03 AM   #33
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What is the Brown Line's purpose of making a huge detour without stops?

Nice to see something about Pittsburgh here!
It travels along a city street making stops at various corners, and though it doesn't provide much service on a regular basis (only operates during rush hours I believe), it still serves as an extra corridor for service to go through In case an incident occurs at the Mt. Washington Transit Tunnel.
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Old November 15th, 2010, 10:17 PM   #34
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How much of the connector is underground?
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Old November 16th, 2010, 12:47 AM   #35
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NORTH SHORE CONNECTOR PROJECT INFO

Allegheny Avenue will be an aerial station while the rest of the project will be built underground.
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Old November 18th, 2010, 04:32 AM   #36
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The Martin-Villa stop in 1972 using the old PCC cars.
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Old November 23rd, 2010, 10:41 PM   #38
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How much of the connector is underground?
About 4/5 of mile (approx. 1200 m), with three underground stations (Steel Plaza, Wood Street, and Gateway Center). This length doesn't include the new tunnel or new (under construction) station on the North Shore.

There's also the Mt. Washington rail tunnel in the South Hills, which is about 3/5 of a mile (900 m) long and the Mt. Lebanon tunnel (about the same length), but there are no stations within these tunnels.

I'm glad the North Shore tunnel is actually being built, though I think the money would have been better spent on a new "T" rail line to Oakland and Shadyside, or a direct airport connection (though there's talk of extending the North Shore connector west toward the airport), or in converting the busway to rail.

As a native Pittsburgher, I'm glad that my hometown has this system, but the fact remains that unless you live in the South Hills and want to get to downtown Pittsburgh it's not very useful. It won't get you to Oakland, Shadyside, Bloomfield, the Zoo, Southside, Manchester, or Schenley Park. Maybe this will change in the future, if the city keeps on the economic upswing (a big if).

It also a shame when you consider that until the 1960's Pittsburgh had one of the largest intact streetcar networks in North America, with over 600 miles of track.
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Old November 24th, 2010, 12:48 AM   #39
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Is Pittsburgh ever going to build a commuter rail system?
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Old November 27th, 2010, 02:04 AM   #40
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Is Pittsburgh ever going to build a commuter rail system?
Not at the moment no, although there are studies on wether to add a commuter rail service connecting Westmoreland County into Pittsburgh.

PenDOT used to run a commuter rail service between Downtown Pittsburgh and Braddock, McKeesport, and Port Vue back in the 80's but it was dropped since it cost four times what the fare was to run the train, so in essence, they lost more money when more people rode.
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