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Old December 17th, 2011, 06:10 AM   #41
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There will be no through service from the old part of the LRT? Weird...
No, both segments will be connected.
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Old December 17th, 2011, 06:53 PM   #42
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Old December 19th, 2011, 03:55 AM   #43
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Congrats to Pittsburgh! Glad to see that the North Shore Connector Project is nearing successful completion; at a cost of just over half a billion bucks!

BTW it was my pleasure to have served on the Federal DOT Project Management Oversight contractor team for Stone & Webster/Shaw Engineering.

We worked closely with the Port Authority of Allegheny County management, staff, contractors & consultants during the preliminary phases of the project beginning in the later 1990s & into the first years of the Zips.

Our project team also had enjoyed Pittsburgh. A wonderful city that shows that it’s possible to decline size wise, but with style & grace. While becoming a place with a better quality of life!

Anyway hope all you Pittsburgers get to enjoy your brand new rides under the river!

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Old January 1st, 2012, 11:10 PM   #44
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that elevated section looks pretty good, but are they gonna buy any new LRVs to run on the extension?
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Old January 3rd, 2012, 09:20 PM   #45
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that elevated section looks pretty good, but are they gonna buy any new LRVs to run on the extension?
I would not think so since this is such a short extension...but maybe.

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Old January 5th, 2012, 06:42 PM   #46
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So have there ever been any serious studies about a new line or an extension to Pitt?
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The Overbrook/Brown Line closed in 1993 and was rebuilt and then re-opened as double tracked line in 2004 so that was a pretty big undertaking but not technically an expansion. But of course it has not been running (that I am aware of) since 2007....

This current expansion is pretty major since it is mostly tunnel and elevated track.

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Old January 13th, 2012, 02:22 AM   #48
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Pittsburgh BRT. PAT has been talking about making BRT between Oakland-Airport and Oakland-Downtown for a while, I might have graduated from Pitt before this gets implemented:

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  • Exclusive bus lanes or queue jump lanes that allow buses to bypass traffic at stopped intersections.
  • Traffic signal priority for buses at intersections to extend the green light phase and reduce travel time.
  • Real-time transit information via station message boards or accessible from smart phones, eliminating uncertainty about when the bus will arrive.
  • Fare collection at the platform (“offboard”) to reduce time at bus stops.
  • Low-floor buses with additional doors to reduce load/unload times at stops.
  • Specially-branded vehicles, stops, stations, signage and information to set BRT routes apart from the rest of the transit system.
  • Stylish, comfortable vehicles with a railcar-like appearance to appeal to riders.
  • Amenities at the bus stops including weather protection, heating, bicycle racks, security cameras, landscaping and public art.
  • Community-friendly design that provides for the needs of bikers, pedestrians and motorists.
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Old January 13th, 2012, 10:48 PM   #49
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Port Authority begins running cars through North Shore Connector

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For the first time, Port Authority of Allegheny County's $523.4 million North Shore Connector project is really moving.

The transit agency began running rail cars on the 1.2-mile extension of its T light-rail system about two weeks ago — albeit, only at 5 mph.

"The fact that we're now testing the system and not really building any more truly is a milestone," Port Authority spokesman Jim Ritchie said on Monday. "We're looking forward to the start of service, but testing has really just begun."

The project began five years ago and cost about $88 million more than originally expected.

Ritchie said crews must complete more than 1,100 tests before the system can begin operating. Port Authority is on pace to meet the planned March 25 start date, Ritchie said.

Economist Jake Haulk, executive director of the Castle Shannon-based Allegheny Institute on Public Policy, said the testing is critical.

"They have got to make sure that they are not going to have power outages or anything that could stop those trains under the river. You have a couple of episodes like that, and it will scare away riders," Haulk said.
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Port Authority says even its most heavily used routes affected by cuts

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The Port Authority of Allegheny County's financial problems are so severe that it could eliminate five of its 30 most heavily used routes or discontinue weekend service.

"We're beyond cutting fat out of the system," Port Authority CEO Steve Bland said on Wednesday of proposals to erase a $64 million budget deficit for the fiscal year starting in July.

The proposals include cutting service by 35 percent, laying off up to 500 of the agency's 2,500 workers and closing up to two of four bus divisions, along with increasing fares for all routes that run outside Downtown.
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Old January 20th, 2012, 11:12 PM   #51
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More cuts for PAT if something isn't done:

More Port Authority transit cuts ahead
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As part of a 35 percent reduction in service hours that would take effect Sept. 2 -- the largest cut in the agency's 48-year history -- all of the authority's current 102 bus and rail routes would be scaled back, some ending altogether and others with deep drops in off-peak and weekend service, according to a summary released by the authority.

On all but 13 routes, service would terminate at or around 10 p.m. daily. Weekend service would be eliminated on the Blue Line of the Light Rail Transit system.

The reduction, coupled with a 15 percent service cut last March, would leave the region's biggest transit agency with barely half of the service it offered a year ago.

The 28X Airport Flyer might terminate outbound service at Robinson Town Centre (eliminating the leg to Pittsburgh International Airport), depending on whether a federal grant designed to improve access to jobs is renewed, Mr. Bland said.
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Old January 26th, 2012, 03:29 AM   #52
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Did they take the trolley off of the 52 Allentown? I assume they are leaving the tracks and overhead in place.
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Old January 28th, 2012, 08:14 PM   #53
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Did they take the trolley off of the 52 Allentown? I assume they are leaving the tracks and overhead in place.
Yes it is gone, the Brown Line/52 Route was cut with one of the previous service cuts. The tracks and overhead are still in place because trains still use the tracks when the Mt. Washington tunnel closes for whatever reason, and they need to get around it.

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Developers of a proposed $350 million commuter rail line between Lower Burrell and Downtown asked Port Authority officials on Friday to help them determine the best way to connect the line to the East Busway and Steel Plaza Station.

Port Authority officials said they would cooperate, but stressed they could not afford to put any money toward the project. The agency is facing a $64 million deficit for the fiscal year starting in July.

"We are not asking Port Authority for any money," said Robert Ardolino, president of Urban Innovations, the project's lead consultant. Allegheny Valley Railroad owns the tracks on which the line would operate.

Ardolino said Cleveland-based First Service Commercial Loans has pledged up to $350 million in private financing. Developers also are seeking federal grants, loans and other funding.

The commuter rail line would run 22 miles along existing Allegheny Valley freight tracks. The line then would pass over a Norfolk Southern rail line in the Strip District, then connect to the East Busway before following the path of an unused light-rail "T" line into the Steel Plaza subway station.

The alignment would require removal of Port Authority's police station and another building, but Ardolino said the facilities could be relocated to a planned switching station that would be built as part of the project.

Ardolino said five stations are planned along the route, with a possible sixth one along the East Busway. He expects it to take about 40 minutes to travel the length of the line, which is expected to cost $7 each way when it opens, tentatively in 2016. About 7,000 daily riders are expected.
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Old March 13th, 2012, 06:24 PM   #54
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Trains ready to roll under the river to North Shore
North Shore Connector Project Almost Finished
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Old March 13th, 2012, 09:57 PM   #55
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Whoa, a $350m privately developed commuter rail line? That's big news, assuming it actually happens. here's more, c/o http://www.ui-tod.com/urban-innovations-projects/

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Allegheny Valley Commuter Corridor
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The Allegheny Valley Railroad / Commuter project is the proposed implementation and operation of Diesel Light Rail passenger service along the same 19.5 mile suburban railway as the current Allegheny Valley Railroad freight service corridor. The “shared use” of the rail line would be time-segregated with freight service between approximately 10:00 pm and 6:00 am, and passenger service between 6:00 am and 10:00 pm.

The Allegheny Valley commuter corridor will include the following:
  • 7 Stops – 4 Park N Ride facilities
  • Intermodal Center
  • Automated Parking Facility – 500 – 1000 spaces
  • Potential for economic development at 4 station sites

The Allegheny Valley commuter corridor would extend from a Park N Ride facility located at the Tarentum Bridge through New Kensington, Plum, Oakmont, Verona, Penn Hills, Highland Park, and Lawrenceville, to the Strip District. At that point, it is projected the Light Rail corridor would leave the Railroad at an Intermodal Transit Center where passengers could connect to the existing light rail “T” or bus service to destinations in and around Pittsburgh.

Due to the inclusion of Joint Development and the Transit portion of this Development, funding was acquired through FTA Federal grant dollars.
So... apparently it's envisioned to run right into the T subway via the Convention Center Station spur to reach Steel Plaza Station. How would that work? Dual mode DMU's running right onto the T tracks? A crossover to turn the trains back toward Tarentum? That'd be pretty cool.
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Port Authority of Allegheny County to cut 13 light rail stops
June 4, 2012 3:32 pm

By Jon Schmitz / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Port Authority will eliminate 13 little-used stops on the Light Rail Transit system this month to speed up travel times.

In announcing the move this afternoon, the authority said the stops selected for elimination were based on low boarding counts and proximity to adjacent stops. It said the longest distance anyone will have to travel to reach an open stop will be about 650 yards, about one-third of a mile.

The changes will take effect June 25. Signs will be posted informing riders of the changes starting next Monday.

The closures were called for by Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, who has ordered the authority to make other changes to improve service and efficiency on the system.

Red and Blue line stops to be eliminated are:

• Traymore, Hampshire, Boustead and Neeld in Beechview;

• Kelton in Dormont;

• Martin Villa and Smith Road in Castle Shannon;

• and Santa Barbara, Mine 3, Lindemer, Center, Latimer and Sandy Creek in Bethel Park.

The system has been criticized since its opening in 1985 for slow travel times caused in part by stops that are close together, particularly in Beechview. That neighborhood has vigorously resisted prior suggestions that stops be eliminated.

"I'm glad to see the authority work proactively to address this issue," Mr. Fitzgerald said in a statement this afternoon. "I understand that these stops were selected because the ridership was low and because there are alternative stops relatively close. While our bus lines have gone through numerous changes involving consolidations of routes and stops to improve efficiency and productivity, this is the first time that attention has

been paid to the stops on the light rail system.

"These changes should result in transit trips that are not interrupted by unnecessary stops, which benefits riders today and those who might consider using public transportation," he said.

According to the Port Authority, about 5 percent of its rail ridership uses the stops that are being abolished.

"We've long heard complaints from many of our light rail riders that there are too many stops, which can be frustrating," said Port Authority chief executive officer Steve Bland. "We also know that when transit lines appear slow and inconvenient, people are less likely to try them. So, this also has hindered our ability to serve more people."

Authority spokesman Jim Ritchie said there are no current estimates of how much time will be saved on a typical trip.

A Red Line trip from South Hills Village to Wood Street takes about 40 minutes off-peak and 47 minutes during rush hour. A Blue Line trip between those points takes 32 to 38 minutes.

A Blue Line trip from Library to Wood takes 40 to 42 minutes at off-peak times and about 51 minutes at rush hour.

Jon Schmitz: jschmitz@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1868.

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T riders not on board with upcoming cutbacks

By Matthew Santoni and Adam Smeltz

Published: Monday, June 4, 2012, 8:20 p.m.
Updated 3 hours ago

South Hills light-rail users will have 13 fewer stops in three weeks when Port Authority of Allegheny County eliminates them to speed service, but some riders said on Monday they're worried what the shrinking service will mean for their communities.

An efficiency study in 2009 recommended trimming seldom-used stops, many left from the days of street-running trolleys, as part of systemwide route adjustments. When a slew of sick drivers and heavy crowds led to long delays in the service early last month, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald pushed the transit agency to make changes, authority spokesman Jim Ritchie said.

"When the recent issues with T service popped up, they triggered a conversation between us and the county about things we could do to improve service," Ritchie said. "One of the complaints we'd get, and still get, is that it seems clunky to stop so often for so few people."

The agency says the little-used T stops it is discontinuing effective June 25 include the Traymore, Hampshire, Boustead, Neeld and Kelton stops along the Red Line; the Martin Villa, Smith Road and Santa Barbara stops along the Blue Line to South Hills Village; and the Mine No. 3, Lindermer, Center, Latimer and Sandy Creek stops along the Blue Line to Library.

All the stops are low-platform stops with no dedicated parking and few shelters. Some get 10 to 20 riders boarding per day. Total ridership from all 13 stops stood between 500 and 1,500 people per weekday — about the same as all the weekday riders that board at the South Hills Village station, Ritchie said.

Three of the seven street-level stops along Broadway Avenue in Beechview are slated to close, stirring a mix of anger and disappointment among residents who fear light-rail reductions will worsen crowding on buses, dampen economic development and create hardships for passengers with medical limitations.

"They treat the people who ride the Red Line like some second-class citizens," Stoorm Mansfield, 45, said of the Port Authority. She said mass-transit users are "cutting down on the air pollution; we're the ones cutting down on the consumption of fossil fuels.

"They should be treating us better," said Mansfield, sitting outside the Brew on Broadway coffee shop at Hampshire Avenue.

Shop manager Andre Costello, 25, said the neighborhood has experienced a spurt of economic revitalization in the past eight months, including new grocery stores and eateries. A couple of vacant properties near Hampshire and Broadway were thought to be next in line for redevelopment, but closing the station or reducing service could stifle that prospect, he said.

"It's kind of a hit for us," said Costello, whose nonprofit coffee shop advertises the light-rail schedules. He fears a drop-off in foot traffic, he said.

Costello questioned how much Port Authority will save from the changes. A local observer estimated rail lines in the neighborhood pause 40 seconds for each stop, he said.

The agency had no official estimates of cost savings or reductions in travel time along the T, but Ritchie said the authority would study those after making the cuts.

"When transit lines appear slow and inconvenient, people are less likely to try them. So this also has hindered our ability to serve more people," said authority CEO Steve Bland in a statement announcing the cuts.

For J.C. Ciesielski, 31, of Beechview, the service supplies a critical path to his frequent medical appointments. A medical condition keeps him from driving, and cutting stops will force him to walk farther for food staples, he said.

He may need to lighten his grocery loads to prevent lightheadedness on the longer walk home, Ciesielski said.

Workers will post notices at the affected stops on Monday, noting the pending closures and directing riders to the closest stops, sometimes within sight of one that's closing. The farthest passengers will have to walk to reach an active stop from a closed one will be about 650 yards, or a little more than one-third of a mile.

Workers will "decommission" the closed stops, removing any signs, shelters and concrete pads, Ritchie said.
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Experts say Pittsburgh transit system has potential

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Pittsburgh has the ingredients for a "smart" transportation system but a ways to go to get there, a panel of visiting experts said Friday.

Much more can be done to compile and share such transportation data as traffic volumes, transit schedules and parking availability, which can be valuable to city planners for big-picture development decisions or the average Joe trying to figure out the fastest way home on a Tuesday evening.
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Sharlene McCombs scowled on Friday afternoon as Port Authority of Allegheny County crews worked to remove concrete islands at two former light-rail stops along Broadway Avenue in Beechview.

Port Authority in June closed the stops and nine others in an effort to make its T system run more efficiently. That didn’t appease some riders who lost convenient stops adjacent to their homes and businesses.
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