Pittsburgh to Oakland BRT Making Planning Progress

An ambitious plan to connect the Allegheny County cities of Pittsburgh and Oakland is proceeding to final stages of design, despite having fallen a little behind schedule for an expected 2021 opening date.

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November 18, 2019, 11:00 AM PST

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


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The Port Authority of Allegheny County is moving forward with a plan to connect Downtown Pittsburgh with the suburb of Oakland, albeit a bit behind schedule from originally hoped, according to an article by Ed Blazina.

"On Thursday [November 14], the board’s performance oversight committee recommended extending the contract of AECOM Technical Services Inc. to take design of the system from 60% to completion, adding $7.5 million to the company’s existing $10.5 million contract," writes Blazina.

A major step for the project still looms: applying for federal funding from the Federal Transit Administration's Small Grants program. "The authority is seeking $99.5 million in federal funds for the $225 million project," reports Blazina.

The article includes more details about the expected final form of the project at this point in the process, and some of the feedback received from the public along the way,

Friday, November 15, 2019 in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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