Transportation en Trending on the 412 Blog and What You Need To Know About Ride-Sharing <p></p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 19:42:31 +0000 Marnie Schleicher & Marina Weis 26258 at Trending on the 412 Blog and What You Need To Know About Ride-Sharing E-Bike Legislation Could Put Cyclists On The Road <p>A new bill that passed unanimously in the state Senate this week would allow riders of pedal-assist electric bicycles to drive their vehicles in the streets.</p><p>The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Matt Smith (D-Allegheny/Washington), would legalize e-bikes under the state vehicle code. &nbsp;</p><p>“We’ve seen in Western Pennsylvania a lot of e-bike users being pulled over by their local police departments because there is a misconception that it might be a moped or some other mechanized form of travel when in fact these are really essentially bicycles,” Smith said.</p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 19:27:22 +0000 Julian Routh 26963 at Paving Season Starts, But Without Enough Money To Address All Bad Roads <p></p><p></p><p>As warmer weather approaches, city crews are ready to start paving some of the most problematic streets in Pittsburgh.</p><p>Mayor Bill Peduto said following one of the worst winters in the last 20 years, roads have been left battered. But standing alongside the pothole-ridden Brookline Boulevard, he said road conditions can also be blamed on years of city budgets under-funding infrastructure.</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 18:58:41 +0000 Deanna Garcia 26911 at Paving Season Starts, But Without Enough Money To Address All Bad Roads East Liberty Transit Station Gets Additional Financial Boost from State <p>A groundbreaking ceremony in East Liberty Tuesday brought together federal, state and local elected officials, from both parties, to tout continued investment in the area.</p><p>Gov. Tom Corbett announced an additional $5 million investment in the next phase of improvements to the East Liberty transit station; the funding comes from the transportation bill passed last year.</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 19:08:53 +0000 Deanna Garcia 26845 at East Liberty Transit Station Gets Additional Financial Boost from State No April Fool’s Joke: PennDOT Fee Increases To Take Effect Starting Tuesday <p>Starting Tuesday, an initial wave of fee increases for motor vehicle and driver services will go into effect.</p><p>The higher fees were part of the transportation law that passed last year, which allots $2.35 billion to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to roads, bridges and transit systems. That price tag is being paid for, in part, by an increase in gasoline taxes and higher vehicle service fees.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Deanna Garcia 26447 at How to Find Pittsburgh's 'Warp Pipes' and Beat the City's Traffic Choke Points <p>Pittsburgh's roads can be <a href="">challenging at times</a>, often leading traffic to a slow and frustrating crawl.</p><p>But there are ways to avoid sitting in endless congestion through the Fort Pitt Tunnel.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 14:02:11 +0000 Katherine Blackley 26185 at How to Find Pittsburgh's 'Warp Pipes' and Beat the City's Traffic Choke Points PA Auditor General Finds Port Authority Improved Over Latest Audit <p>The Port Authority of Allegheny County is in a “significantly better place” today than it was in the last audit, according to Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale.</p><p>The most recent audit covers the period of July 1, 2007 through Dec. 31, 2012. The last audit was completed in 2007 by former Auditor General Jack Wagner. At that time, there were serious concerns with unsustainable pension and healthcare costs.</p><p>DePasquale said now, the picture has improved.</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 18:56:14 +0000 Deanna Garcia 26382 at PA Auditor General Finds Port Authority Improved Over Latest Audit Three Rivers Heritage Trail Set to Expand from Aspinwall through O’Hara Township <p>Plans have been approved to expand the Three Rivers Heritage Trail along a mile of the riverfront.</p><p>The expansion will run from Aspinwall Riverfront Park to Blawnox Community Park. The corridor has been eyed for years as an ideal location for a trail, but it runs in front of the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority plant, and conversations with previous city administrations left planners thinking they’d have to route the trail along Freeport Road. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 20:23:34 +0000 Deanna Garcia 26134 at Mayor Bill Peduto Responds to Pittsburghers' Transportation Questions <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">From potholes, to public transit, to bike lanes, the possibilities of transportation reforms in Pittsburgh are endless. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As part of a monthly conversation with Essential Pittsburgh, Mayor Bill </span>Peduto<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> explained his vision for better transportation and who he's working with to make those plans possible. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 20:12:49 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 25728 at Mayor Bill Peduto Responds to Pittsburghers' Transportation Questions Making Sense of Pittsburgh's Nonsensical Roads <p>Pittsburgh’s topography is pretty unique as far as cities go. It's essentially a peninsula surrounded by mountains. And with the city's numerous bridges and triangular shape, facilitating efficient traffic patterns has long been a challenge for the region.</p><p>Pittsburgher Phil Anderson runs the popular blog <a href=""><em>The Nonsensical Roads of Pittsburgh</em></a>, where he records his observations about bizarre traffic and road layouts. He's driven in cities throughout the world and seems to find Pittsburgh infrastructure both amusing and frustrating.</p><p>“You have stages of driving on Pittsburgh roads," he said. "There’s anger, grief, and eventually you have acceptance.” Tue, 11 Mar 2014 22:59:11 +0000 Katherine Blackley & Heather McClain 25697 at Making Sense of Pittsburgh's Nonsensical Roads State to Beef Up Monitoring of Hazardous Materials Shipped by Rail <p><a href="">Recent</a> <a href="">train</a> <a href="">derailments</a> have <a href="">raised concerns</a> about the safety of shipping hazardous materials by rail, and now the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency is stepping up efforts to improve response times when emergencies do occur. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 17:32:46 +0000 Liz Reid 25663 at Port Authority Connect Card Fraud Being Investigated, No Personal Data Stolen <p>The Port Authority of Allegheny County says several arrests are pending tied to the fraudulent reproduction of ConnectCards. ConnectCard is a smart card fare system now used by the Port Authority in an effort to phase out older paper and cardboard passes.&nbsp; Multiple copies were made of four legitimate ConnectCards&nbsp; and then sold outside of Port Authority approved channels; investigators did not say how many reproductions were made.</p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 21:21:57 +0000 Deanna Garcia 25109 at Port Authority Connect Card Fraud Being Investigated, No Personal Data Stolen Ice Delays Squirrel Hill Tunnel Traffic <p>Motorists using the westbound Squirrel Hill Tunnel along the Parkway East (I-376)&nbsp;have been dealing with delays due to a buildup of ice. Steve Cowan Press Officer for PennDOT District 11 says the inbound tunnel has a water flow problem, and in the winter, when temperatures get below freezing, this leads to the temporary shutdown of the tunnel so workers can melt the ice.</p><p>Cowan says that a contractor is looking at a way to fix the water leak problem, but he’s is not sure when that will be completed.</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 21:56:25 +0000 Jess Lasky 25061 at City Looks to East Liberty Model for Transit-Oriented Development in Homewood <p></p><p>Homewood, once the home of Andrew Carnegie and George Westinghouse, has had more than its share of economic troubles in recent decades.</p><p>According to data available from <a href="">PGHSNAP</a>, Homewood had a population of nearly 31,000 people in 1940. By 2010, that number had decreased 79 percent to 6,442. In 2009, the median income was just under $20,000, and in 2010, 46 percent of residents were living under the poverty level.</p> Sun, 23 Feb 2014 13:42:22 +0000 Liz Reid 24856 at City Looks to East Liberty Model for Transit-Oriented Development in Homewood Second Pothole Blitz Underway in Pittsburgh <p>Thanks to the break in wintry weather this week, Pittsburgh Public Works crews will conduct another pothole blitz.</p><p>Thirty crews will be out each day filling some of the city’s worst craters.</p><p>“Negley Run will be closed on Monday,” said Mayor Bill Peduto. “It’s past the point of being able to be patched. It’s going to be milled down to the concrete and will remain that way throughout the rest of the winter. We’re also looking at a couple of other areas that have been hit hard like Brookline Boulevard and Second Avenue.”</p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 21:19:57 +0000 Deanna Garcia 24667 at Second Pothole Blitz Underway in Pittsburgh Peduto Seeks PUC Rule Change to Make Room for Lyft, Uber <p>In recent weeks, two ride-sharing services have launched in Pittsburgh – Lyft and Uber.</p><p>Both offer paid rides available through a smart phone app. Shortly after their launch, the Pittsburgh Transportation Group, which owns Yellow Cab, <a href="http://">asked Mayor Bill Peduto</a> to pass an ordinance cracking down on such services. The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission made a similar request of Peduto.</p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 22:33:48 +0000 Deanna Garcia 24620 at Peduto Seeks PUC Rule Change to Make Room for Lyft, Uber Pittsburgh Continues to Struggle with Salt Supply <p>The city of Pittsburgh could see as much as 4 inches of snow Monday night, according to the National Weather Service, and city officials are worried salt supplies won’t keep up.</p><p>The city is expected to receive a 500-ton shipment of rock salt Monday and Tuesday from its supplier, American Rock Salt. This morning, the city had less than 100 tons of salt.</p><p>Chief Operations Officer Guy Costa said the city uses between 800 and 1,000 tons of rock salt for every inch of snow on the roads.</p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 17:56:31 +0000 Michael Lynch 24545 at Taxi Operators Push for Legal Challenge to Ride-Sharing Service Lyft <p>Ride-sharing Lyft cars have been on Pittsburgh streets for less than a week. You might have seen them—they’re the ones with the bright pink mustaches.</p><p>Now, those behind the city’s largest transportation companies are reaching out to Mayor Bill Peduto to crack down on what they say amounts to an illegal taxi service.</p><p>James Campolongo, president and CEO of Pittsburgh Transportation Group, which owns Yellow Cab, partnered with the head of Star Transportation Group, Robert Delucia, in writing a letter to Peduto asking him to pass an ordinance to crack down on Lyft.</p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 23:05:45 +0000 Michael Lynch 24310 at When it Comes to Patching Potholes, Funding is the Biggest Pitfall <p>Pittsburgh is an old city with old roads. From cobblestones, to brick, to brittle asphalt, the addition of winter weather can make our daily commutes pretty treacherous.</p><p>Last week, Mayor Peduto appointed public works veteran, Mike Gable as the new Department of Public Works Director.</p><p>Gable hopes the city can find more funding in order to get on track with&nbsp; winter street maintenance plans.</p><p>“Well this is a very tough time of the year, obviously. The roads are in bad shape as a result of the freezing and thawing that has been occurring over the past couple of weeks. But, its also a product of not making the investment that we’ve had to make to repair the roads with our resurfacing program.”</p><p>In the resurfacing program calls for a target of 80 miles per year, but the department has only been paving 30 to 40 miles per year, Gable says this is not a recipe for success. Fri, 07 Feb 2014 23:10:32 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 24069 at When it Comes to Patching Potholes, Funding is the Biggest Pitfall Ice Storm Causes Chaos For Pittsburgh Commuters <p><strong>Update: 11:35 a.m.</strong></p><p>The Port Authority of Allegheny County is reporting that as of 11:30 a.m. light rail service has been restored to all lines. Riders should still anticipate 10 to 15 minute delays as the Port Authority works to restore its regular schedule.<br /><br />Bus shuttles that have been providing service for Blue Line-Library riders will end at noon.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Update: 11:11 a.m.</strong></p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 15:36:24 +0000 Michael Lynch 23925 at Ice Storm Causes Chaos For Pittsburgh Commuters Public Works Director: Pittsburgh is Prepared for Snow Storm <p>Western Pennsylvania is under a winter storm warning until 1 p.m. Wednesday, but new Pittsburgh Public Works Director Mike Gables isn’t worried.</p><p>He said he doesn’t believe the storm is going to be as bad as everyone thinks, but the city is ready either way.</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 21:55:17 +0000 Jessica Nath 23887 at How Should Parkway East Change? PennDOT Wants You to Decide <p>Given the chance, what would you change about your morning drive on the Parkway East?&nbsp;</p><p>Victor DeFazio, PennDOT Project Manager, said that’s the question the department is asking commuters in a survey released this week.</p><p>“What we’re trying to do is understand what is going on out there and what are some of the ideas that we can do to improve travel in the entire corridor,” DeFazio said. “Not just on Interstate 376, but even on the parallel and access routes as well.”</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 21:17:40 +0000 Jessica Nath 23503 at City Plans to Phase Out 50-Year-Old Traffic Signals in Downtown Pittsburgh <p>The Pittsburgh Department of Public Works will soon be outfitting 11 downtown intersections with brand new traffic lights, poles, wires and pedestrian signals.</p><p>Legislation to approve the upgrades is up for a final vote in City Council on Tuesday.</p><p>DPW Deputy Director Patrick Hasset said the new signals will also be connected via fiber optic cables to the DPW’s control room in City Hall, where they’ll be able to control the signals remotely. Currently, the department can remotely control about 130 the city’s more than 600 signals.</p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 19:55:43 +0000 Liz Reid 23430 at Port Authority of Allegheny County Picks New CEO <p>The Port Authority of Allegheny County has hired Ellen McLean as its next CEO. McLean has been serving as the interim CEO for nearly a year and was previously the chief financial officer for the Port Authority.</p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 18:16:45 +0000 Deanna Garcia 23301 at Residents Demand Transparency Following Train Derailments <p>As crews continue clearing derailed train cars, including crude oil tankers, from a bridge over the Schuykill River in Philadelphia, the incident has amplified <a href="">regional concerns</a> about safety.</p><p>With shipments of crude oil continuing to roll through populous areas in Pennsylvania, environmental groups and lawmakers are calling for more information.</p><p>From Philly, StateImpact Pennsylvania's Katie Colaneri explains that lawmakers and residents want these large corporations to be more transparent, and give detailed accounts of the kinds of chemicals passing by their homes.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 19:02:17 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 23236 at Residents Demand Transparency Following Train Derailments