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7:35 am
Mon September 24, 2012

Pittsburgh International Updating Hours For Alternate Screening Lanes

Travelers passing through Pittsburgh International Airport might find their check-ins are a bit quicker due to new procedures for the passenger screening lanes. Beginning Tuesday, September 25, the lanes located outside the ticketing level (the alternate checkpoint)  will change the morning hours to 4:00-8:00 a.m. and afternoon hours to 2:00-6:00 p.m.

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Transportation
7:35 am
Fri September 21, 2012

PA Auditor General Wants Legislature To Focus On Transportation Issues

Jack Wagner has been traveling throughout the commonwealth since last fall, pointing out bridges that are sometimes actually crumbling.

Now Pennsylvania's Auditor General is sending a DVD of the television coverage of his stops in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and Scranton to labor and industry groups to support his call for lawmakers to pass legislation funding road and bridge repairs.

Wagner says he hopes they help him lobby state lawmakers.  

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Transportation
7:35 am
Tue September 18, 2012

State Police and PennDOT Promote National Child Passenger Safety Week

They are in millions of cars across the country but according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) three out of four child safety seats are not properly installed.  So PennDOT and the Pennsylvania State Police are again partnering to offer safety seat checkups as part of National Child Passenger Safety Week.

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Transportation
4:46 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Pittsburgh Wins Pro-Walk, Pro-Bike Conference

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A nationwide conference geared toward highlighting and brainstorming ideas for pedestrian and bicycling enhancements is coming to Pittsburgh in two years.  

Pittsburgh will host the 2014 Pro Walk/ Pro Bike Conference September 8-12, and use the opportunity to showcase bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure initiatives in the city. The biennial event has been held since 1980 and is coordinated by the National Center for Bicycling and Walking.

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Transportation
3:57 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Morning Traffic Headaches For Motorists Using Veterans Bridge, Bigelow Boulevard

The most recent phase of the $36 million Crosstown Boulevard/Veterans Bridge Preservation Projects is causing morning rush hour traffic snarls for North Hills and Bigelow Boulevard commuters, and officials are looking at ways to ease the congestion.

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Transportation
7:35 am
Tue September 4, 2012

PA Turnpike Considers Going All-Electronic

The Pennsylvania Turnpike is taking steps to make all of its interchanges collect tolls electronically. But how that will affect its human work force is yet be seen.

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Transportation
5:04 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

PAT CEO Bland Is Candidate For Jacksonville Job

The head of the financially-challenged Port Authority of Allegheny County is up for a similar post in Jacksonville. The Florida Times-Union reported today that PAT Chief Executive Office Steve Bland is one of three finalists to be executive director of the Jacksonville Transportation Authority.

"My family and I love living in the Pittsburgh area, my wife s original hometown, and we have no immediate plans to leave," Bland said in a statement released by the Port Authority.

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Transportation
7:04 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Allegheny County Transit Cuts Halted Temporarily – Long-Term Funding Solutions Sought

 

Public transportation riders in Allegheny County have been spared, at least for the time being.  Deep service cuts were slated to take effect in early September, but have now been delayed for at least one year. That’s thanks to an infusion of state dollars and savings from union concessions.

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Transportation
7:35 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Governor's Transportation Report: No Progress

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Last year, the Corbett administration's Transportation Funding Advisory Commission (TFAC) reported the state's transportation systems are underfunded and out of date.

But one year later, nothing has been done to address transportation infrastructure.

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Transportation
12:16 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Union Approves PAT Contract

Workers of the Pittsburgh-area transit agency have ratified a new four-year contract that will head off job and service reductions.

The 2,300 workers cast their votes on Sunday at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. The pact includes a wage freeze, more pension contributions by workers, and health care concessions.

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Transportation
8:30 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

State Lawmakers Examining Tax Options for Alternative Fuel Vehicles

Gasoline and diesel fuel vehicles still make up the majority of those on the state’s roadways, but as more transportation entities look to alternative fuel vehicles, gas tax revenue might take a hit. A hearing of the Pennsylvania House Transportation Committee took on that issue in downtown Pittsburgh Wednesday. Chair, Representative Richard Geist (R-Altoona), asked an official from the Department of Revenue how many electric cars are on the state’s roadways. That wasn’t clear, so Geist took a different track.

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Transportation
4:15 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Gas Prices Up, Up, Up

Drivers have probably been noticing an upward spike in gasoline prices, and consumers might not see relief until October.  According to Gregg Laskowski, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy.com, the average price in Pittsburgh today is $3.67 a gallon which is up 4.5 cents in the past week and 32 cents “believe it or not” just in the past month. The national average is also $3.67 a gallon.

Laskowski said crude oil trading is around $93 a barrel, and unless that price decreases, gasoline prices will steadily rise in the coming weeks.

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Transportation
8:45 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

PAT and Union Reach Contract Deal

The Port Authority (PAT) of Allegheny County and the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 85 have reached a tentative contract agreement that could be the first step in staving off massive service cuts. The agreement was announced Thursday by County Executive Rich Fitzgerald.

In a written statement from the Executive’s office, Fitzgerald said the agreement will be considered by the Local 85 membership on August 19th and the Port Authority Board will take up the issue in the following days. No details of the plan are to be officially released until those votes are taken.

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Transportation
7:30 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Advice For Next Closure of Inbound Squirrel Hill Tunnel

The first of eight possible weekends of Squirrel Hill Tunnel closures took place this weekend, and the detour route was backed up about an hour. The shutdown of the westbound tunnel is a part of Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's (PennDOT) $49.5 million rehabilitation project through August.

Even though the detour routing was not smooth, the progress accomplished within the tunnel was. PennDOT spokeman Jim Struzzi said most of the construction goals PennDOT had for the weekend were completed.

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Transportation
8:09 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Major Overhauls Planned for South Hills Roads

Construction crews are scheduled to overhaul three major roadways in the South Hills of Pittsburgh this year and next.

It will take a $15 million investment from state, local, and federal government to fully redo the intersection of Route 51 and Route 88 in Overbrook. In addition to bridge repairs on each highway, crews will install a jug handle to streamline traffic at the commonly congested intersection.

South Hills Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak said unbeknownst to many drivers, much of the two roadways is made up of bridges running over small brooks — hence, "Overbrook."

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Transportation
7:45 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Pennsylvania Gets $26M In Federal Grants For Transit Projects

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced funding of $787 million for 255 projects to build, repair and modernize transit systems across the country through the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) "State of Good Repair" and "Bus Livability" programs. Demand, however, was much greater, with 836 applications seeking $4 billion in awards.

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Transportation
8:00 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

U.S. Airways CEO Says Time For Merger With American Airlines is Now

U.S. Airways CEO Douglas Parker said a merger with the bankrupt American Airlines could create the "greatest airline in the world."

U.S. Airways has more flights coming into Pittsburgh International Airport than any other airline. Douglas said a merger with American benefits more than just U.S. Airways' bottom line.

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Transportation
7:30 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

Monongahela Lock and Dam 4 at Charleroi Closes

Mon River traffic shut down this morning for scheduled repairs to Lock and Dam 4 at Charleroi, which should be completed August 3rd.

This work is patchwork, not the construction of new locks that was supposed to be completed in 2004 but now may not see funding until 2024 or 2025, according to Dan Jones of the Army Corps of Engineers.

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Transportation
7:00 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Two Thirds of Mon Fayette Expressway Completed

Today marks the opening of another section of the Mon/Fayette Expressway that completes the 18-mile stretch between Uniontown and Brownsville. The 4-year long project makes 60 miles of continuous highway from I-68 in Morgantown, WV to Route 51 in Jefferson Hills.

Tom Fox, Public Information Manager for the Western Region Office of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, said this portion of the highway extends from U.S. Route 119 in Uniontown to Route 88 in Washington County.

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Transportation
7:45 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

PAT Cuts Costing Taxpayers

With the Port Authority of Allegheny County's scheduled service cuts in September looming, an initiative of the Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group, GoBurgh, found the cuts could be costing taxpayers more than was thought.

Chris Sandvig, GoBurgh's Regional Policy Director, said the group anticipates the cuts will cost taxpayers in Allegheny County as well as the surrounding counties hundreds of millions.

"Really that's based upon car ownership of transit riders," Sandvig said.

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Transportation
7:00 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Veterans Bridge, other Downtown Roadways to Get Major Rehab; Road Closures Planned

Starting Monday morning July 9, the bridge/ramp from Bedford Avenue to southbound I-579 (Crosstown Boulevard) will be closed for long-term rehabilitation. The work will include expansion dam replacements, deck and parapet replacements, and the resetting of bearings. This is part of a larger investment to improve heavily-traveled roadways in the city.

"A $36 million investment into the infrastructure into the downtown Pittsburgh area, some big restrictions will be occurring as the month of July progresses," said Jim Struzzi, a spokesman for PennDot District 11.

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Transportation
7:00 am
Mon July 9, 2012

State Commission To Oversee Public-Private Road, Bridge Projects

In 2008, a proposal by then Governor Ed Rendell to lease the Pennsylvania Turnpike for 75 years to a Spanish-U.S. consortium for $12.8 billion gained no traction with lawmakers. The privatization effort was an attempt to come up with funding alternatives to pay for mounting road, bridge and mass transit costs.

Four years later, the legislature has approved and Governor Tom Corbett has signed House Bill 3 that's aimed at creating public-private partnerships (P3's).

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Transportation
7:00 am
Tue July 3, 2012

Huge Tugboat to Raise Awareness of Decrepit Locks & Dams

A 6,000 horsepower tugboat can lug around quite a bit of freight.

But when the AEP Legacy docked along the North Shore of the Allegheny River today, its most precious cargo was a message of warning.

"The infrastructure on the inland river system is in a dire state of repair," said Gretchen Chamberlain of AEP River Operations. Her company ships fourteen million tons of goods in and out of Pittsburgh every year, everything from glass and grain to coal and steel.

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Transportation
7:15 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

DUI Enforcement Increases For Independence Day

With the Fourth of July holiday approaching, PennDOT, along with several local police departments and the PA DUI Association, have launched the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign. The effort aims to keep families safe while traveling over the holiday.

Steve Cowan, a Safety Press Officer for PennDOT, said the crackdown is now underway and will continue through July 8.

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Transportation
6:15 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Sunday Marks Hike in Port Authority Fares

For a zone one ride on an Allegheny County Port Authority bus or train, the one-way fare will increase by 25¢ and zone two fares will increase by 50¢ starting July 1st. Ticket and pass prices are also due to increase on Sunday.

Heather Pharo, PAT spokesperson, said even though most fares are increasing, some will remain the same.

"Transfers are going to continue to be $1 for a full fare," Pharo said. "The T surcharges on the cash fares will continue to be 75¢ for full fare."

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