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2:21 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

Parkway North Construction Could Mean 15 Minute Traffic Stoppages

Motorists using the Parkway North (Interstate 279) should expect some delays this weekend as PennDOT crews install an overhead truss to hold an advisory message board.

From 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, drivers should plan on single and double lane closures near the Hazlett Street Exit 3 interchange.

PennDOT District 11 spokesman Jim Struzzi said the work won't cause major delays.

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Transportation
4:04 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

Port Authority To Tweak 60 Transit Routes Beginning Sunday

Beginning Sunday, March 25, transit routes across the Pittsburgh region may experience adjustments.

Heather Pharo of the Port Authority Transit (PAT) of Allegheny County said these are standard tweaks that occur even without the huge budget deficit the Authority faces come the new fiscal year July 1.

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Transportation
8:59 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

City Council Considers Traffic Light Cameras

In order to assess fines on drivers who run red lights, some traffic lights in Pittsburgh may be equipped with cameras in the near future.

Under a bill in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Pittsburgh and several other Pennsylvania cities would have the option of installing the so-called red light cameras. Philadelphia has been running a camera program since 2005.

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Transportation
6:03 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

Pittsburgh Airport Now Accessible By Bicycle

Dozens of spandex-clad bicyclists pedaled to the airport via the newly-opened connection between the Montour Trail and Pittsburgh International Airport Tuesday. According to organizers, the Montour Trail is the longest suburban trail in the nation. Years ago area officials were tasked with connecting it to the airport. Now that it's complete, officials said an economic boost to the region will follow.

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Transportation
4:18 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

New Taxis to Focus on Downtown Pittsburgh

A new taxi fleet will allow Pittsburghers to hail cabs in the Golden Triangle, rather than calling a dispatch service. The "City Cab" service launched Tuesday with a fleet of six cars.

The white taxis are meant to focus on downtown Pittsburgh, but they'll also cart people to nearby neighborhoods like Oakland, the South Side, the North Side, and Mount Washington.

The Pittsburgh Transportation Group launched the fleet at a total cost of about $250,000, including roughly $12,500 for each car.

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Transportation
7:37 am
Tue March 20, 2012

North Shore Connector Wins Construction Award

The builders of the $523 million North Shore Connector, which is to open to the public Sunday, have won the Alliant Build America Award.

North Shore Constructors, a consortium of contracting firms, is among 16 recipients to have "demonstrated the very best when it comes to building a better America," according to the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America, the group bestowing the honor.

AGC spokesman Brian Turmail said the complexity of the connector project impressed the judges.

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Transportation
7:05 am
Tue March 20, 2012

Pedaling Pittsburgh History

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Transportation
4:29 pm
Fri March 16, 2012

Highway Fatalities Decrease, Setting Record

Last year marked the second-lowest number of highway fatalities since the 1940s. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation reports that there were 33 fewer highway fatalities in 2011 than in 2010.

Erin Waters, PennDOT spokesperson, says that 90 percent of highway crashes are caused by driver behavior, and although the budget is tight, they continue to enforce safe driving procedures.

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Transportation
7:39 pm
Wed March 14, 2012

Green Boulevard Meeting to Highlight New Designs

Consultants working on the Allegheny Riverfront Green Boulevard will unveil their designs during a meeting Thursday in Lawrenceville.

The Green Boulevard will span the six and a half mile stretch of land that is currently the Allegheny Valley Railroad Right-of-Way. It could include riverfront park access, neighborhoods, kayak and boat access, and a multi-use rail corridor capable of transporting people to offices or entertainment downtown.

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Transportation
6:18 pm
Wed March 14, 2012

Squirrel Hill Tunnel Restrictions Begin Monday

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will begin nighttime restrictions of the inbound Squirrel Hill Tunnel on Monday. It's part of the preliminary stage of a two-year, $49.5 million rehabilitation project.

District Executive Dan Cessna said crews will focus on the inbound half of the structure this year. In 2013, the repair work — and accompanying traffic restrictions — will move over to the outbound side.

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Transportation
6:35 pm
Tue March 13, 2012

North Shore Connector Almost Set to Roll

The Port Authority of Allegheny County is putting the finishing touches on its project to extend light rail service to the North Shore.

The $523 million "North Shore Connector" is set to run its first public train on Sunday, March 25.

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Transportation
3:22 pm
Mon March 12, 2012

Billboards Across State To Remind Drivers of Texting Ban

Across the state, drivers should be putting away their cell phones to focus on the road, and will now likely catch sight of signs reminding them of the cost of getting caught texting while driving.

Beginning this week, 60 billboards will run for at least four weeks to inform drivers of the new statewide ban on drivers' texting which went into effect March 8. 35 states and Washington, D.C. prohibit drivers from texting.

Brian Newbacher, public affairs director for AAA East Central said many are outspoken against texting while driving, but they don't always act.

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Transportation
5:23 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

Conservative Group Questions Airport Authority's Bid to Run San Juan Airport

Citing a lack of details and a track record of sub-par management of Pittsburgh International Airport, the Allegheny Institute, a conservative think tank based in Mt. Lebanon, is questioning the Allegheny County Airport Authority's bid to run Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Authority is among six groups trying to win the contract. Institute Senior Research Associate Frank Gamrat said while they are all for privatization, "what makes us skeptical of the proposal is they're not starting in their own back yard first."

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Transportation
6:03 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

Blind, Disabled Speak Out Against PAT Cuts

The Port Authority of Allegheny County got an earful on Wednesday from hundreds of people angry about the Board's plan to drop about half of its bus routes and reduce service on the rest.

PAT said it's legally required to balance its budget, so it has no choice but to raise fares and cut routes to deal with a $64 million budget deficit coming this July. If they're passed, the cuts would take effect in September, while fares would increase in July.

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Transportation
9:38 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

Transportation Funding Plan on Backburner

A plan to address Pennsylvania's aging roads and bridges may not be decided until the lion's share of the state budget takes shape, according to the head of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

Lawmakers are wondering if and when Governor Tom Corbett will follow up on the fact-finding report of his special transportation panel with a plan to put recommended funding measures into effect. The Transportation Funding Advisory Committee called for billions of dollars of reinvestment into PennDOT's deteriorating infrastructure last summer.

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Transportation
8:05 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

New Law Makes It A Federal Crime to Point Lasers at Aircraft

Laser pointers are increasingly being used for more than just presentations, and a new law makes it a federal offense to direct the light from the device at an aircraft or its flight path. U.S. Attorney for Western Pennsylvania David Hickton says that incidents involving laser pointers and aircraft are becoming an epidemic.

"This is not a nuisance. This is not a prank," he said. "This is a serious federal crime which could cause disastrous consequences and will have serious repercussions in the criminal justice system."

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Transportation
5:52 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

Pennsylvania Investing in Sixteen Rail Projects Throughout the State

Governor Tom Corbett announced this week 16 freight-rail improvement projects will benefit from a $23 million investment. Wheeling and Lake Erie Railway in Allegheny County will get $1.6 million to rehabilitate and expand track, prepare for a transload area, and install new turnouts, track, and ties.

In Beaver County, the Aliquippa Ohio River Railroad will receive $490,000 for upgrades. State Senator Elder Vogel (R-Beaver County) said the railway has been requesting the funds for more than a year now, and they'll be used for improvements on about 7 miles of railway.

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Transportation
2:44 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

Allegheny County Airport Authority in Bidding to Run Puerto Rico's Busiest Airport

The Allegheny County Airport Authority, along with a consortium led by GE Capital Aviation, is pursuing a contract to run Muñoz Marín International Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Authority spokeswoman JoAnn Jenny said the authority is just one part of the group hoping to take control of the busiest airport in Puerto Rico, which flies out slightly more passengers than Pittsburgh International with 4.2 million departing passengers in 2010, according to FAA data.

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6:34 pm
Mon February 6, 2012

PennDOT Outlines Regional Roadwork for 2012

Southwestern Pennsylvania motorists should prepare for scores of detours, closures, and restrictions this year, including roadwork on the Squirrel Hill Tunnel and the Veterans Bridge.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation plans to work on nearly 170 road and bridge projects in Allegheny, Beaver, and Lawrence Counties in 2012, at a cost of $316.2 million. PennDOT District 11 will also open construction bids for 80 new projects this year.

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Transportation
8:36 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

City to Launch Comprehensive Transportation Plan – Public Input Sought

The next phase of PlanPGH, "MovePGH," kicks off Thursday evening at Carnegie Mellon University.

"Move Pittsburgh is the city's first transportation plan, and that plan will serve as the vision of the city's transportation network for the next 25 years," said Stephen Patchan, bicycle/pedestrian coordinator for the city of Pittsburgh.

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Transportation
6:19 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

Provision in Transportation Bill Would Up Weight Limits for Large Trucks

The American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act is the largest transportation overhaul in decades, according to the chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. A provision within the five-year bill would increase the truck weight limit from 80,000 pounds to 97,000 pounds.

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Transportation
7:30 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

East Side Pedestrian Bridge Now Open

The much-anticipated East Side Pedestrian Bridge is now officially open to foot traffic, after its original completion date of December 27, 2011 was delayed because of weather and safety issues. The walkway links the intersection of Ellsworth Avenue at Spahr Street with the southwest corner of the Eastside development parking deck in East Liberty.

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Transportation
9:03 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

PennDOT Details Modernization Efforts On New Webpage

Since the beginning of 2011, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has been working to modernize the way it does business. Now, the public can see what projects have been completed and what projects are still to come, all from the PennDOT website.

Transportation Secretary Barry J. Schoch publicly announced the new site on Tuesday. "PennDOT has a lon-standing tradition of continuous improvement. Now, the public can more easily track our efforts to enhance customer service, save money, and deliver projects more quickly," Schoch said.

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Transportation
8:00 am
Mon January 30, 2012

PennDot Reminds Motorists of Hotline for Roadway Saftey

2,568 miles of roadway fall under the PennDot District 11 umbrella, and recent weather conditions have lead to a whole new crop of potholes. Jim Struzzi, PennDot District 11 spokesperson, reminds motorists of Allegheny, Beaver, and Lawrence counties to report safety concerns by calling 1-800-FIX-ROAD (1-800-349-7623).

The toll-free number can be called to report anything from signs, animal carcasses, or other safety concerns such as snow, ice, faulty drainage, or shoulder drop-offs.

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Transportation
4:47 pm
Fri January 27, 2012

Region Unified in Blaming the State for Transit Cuts

Following a rally to urge Pennsylvania lawmakers to take action to provide consistent funding for public transit in the Pittsburgh region, protestors and officials filed into the monthly Port Authority board meeting.

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