Margaret J. Krauss

Development and Transportation Reporter

Margaret J. Krauss is WESA's development and transportation reporter. She previously worked for Keystone Crossroads, a statewide reporting initiative that covers problems facing Pennsylvania's cities and possible solutions. Before joining Keystone Crossroads, Margaret produced a 48-part radio series about Pittsburgh's lesser-known history, biking 2,000 miles around the region to do so.

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As the lights went down in the O’Hara Township council room, Peoples Gas CEO Morgan O’Brien began narrating a short video he’d brought to chambers.

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Pittsburgh City Council wants to rewrite a cooperation agreement with the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority to change how it's governed

Kailey Love / 90.5 WESA

People with low or moderate incomes are often the most transit-dependent—they rely on public transportation to access critical daily needs—but the least able to bear the cost

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Pittsburgh City Council approved a revenue stream for the Housing Opportunity Fund in December 2017, and last month approved members of an advisory board. They met for the first time on Friday. Those 17 people are charged with figuring out how to allocate the fund’s first $10 million in the next six months.

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Peoples Gas announced its intent last week to get into the water business, though exactly how it plans to partner with the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority is unclear. A heated discussion in Pittsburgh City Council Tuesday revealed councilors don’t really know what to make of it, either.

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At an O’Hara Township council meeting Tuesday night, Peoples Natural Gas CEO Morgan O’Brien presented a conceptual plan to build a new water treatment plant on a stretch of local riverfront property.

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Trust is a touchy subject with Jules Lobel.

“I’ve sued every president since Reagan. And they all said ‘Trust me.’ I don’t believe in trusting executive officials.”

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Transit in Allegheny County should be equitable, connected to affordable housing, a conduit for economic opportunity and a means to improve regional air quality, said riders and a coalition of organizations who presented a new mission for transit this week.

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If a state agency approves new rates proposed by the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority, residential customers could see their bills increase by 16.7 percent next year, but remain the same in 2020. That would be an increase of $10.61 for a typical household using roughly 3,000 gallons a month. 

That's a smaller increase than the agency once envisioned for 2019 and 2020.

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Port Authority of Allegheny County crews are working around the clock to restore light rail service on the Blue Line, said spokesperson Adam Brandolph. Heavy rains and flash flooding Wednesday night washed out track supports and damaged power lines.

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The city of Pittsburgh continues to resist calls to release its bid for Amazon’s second headquarters, or HQ2. At a protest Thursday skeptics said they worry about Amazon’s potential impact on housing, transit and existing inequities. 

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The YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh and landlord of its Downtown location reached an agreement in federal bankruptcy court on Tuesday. The YMCA’s settlement payments will essentially subsidize the next tenant of the Market Square gym, which closed its doors June 8.

Sarah Kovash / 90.5 WESA

Autonomous vehicle operators will have a hand in shaping regulations that will govern how they test the technology on public roads. 

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Rodney McCoy has lived on Hillcrest Street, across from three vacant lots, since 2000. After putting away the weed whacker he uses to clip his grass, he said Garfield has changed a lot.

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At a public hearing Tuesday, many residents threw their support behind a plan to permanently rezone the city's waterfronts, while others expressed concern over how the new zoning could affect their residences or businesses. 

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Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority officials expect to begin modifying Schenley Park by 2019 to address flooding in Four Mile Run, a section of Greenfield. 

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A public-private partnership with the Ford Motor Company aims to help Pittsburgh identify and solve its most pressing mobility challenges through a City of Tomorrow Challenge, Mayor Bill Peduto said Tuesday.

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Sometimes Pittsburgh feels like one contiguous construction zone: a tundra of utility repair, a Pangea of road work, the United Neighborhoods of Renovation.

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Local entrepreneur Mike Moran was at his day job in September last year, and stopped to read Merrill Lynch’s monthly RIC report, where analysts hold forth on high-performing stocks and growth markets.

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Uber’s shiny autonomous vehicles have been absent from Pittsburgh’s roads since March, when a fatal crash in Tempe, Ariz., involving one of its cars caused the technology company to ground its fleet. Now, as Uber shuts down its Arizona operations, the company said it hopes to return self-driving cars to Pittsburgh this summer.

Deanna Garcia / 90.5 WESA

Pittsburgh City Council and a mayoral panel are in disagreement about how best to insulate the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority from political influence.

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Construction crews are working around the clock to rebuild a section of Route 30 in East Pittsburgh, about 10 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. The road has been closed since April 7, when it collapsed due to a landslide.

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Driving is a complicated mental activity and PennDOT is urging motorists to give it their full attention. 

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The Pittsburgh Planning Commission voted to approve a preliminary land development plan to build office and retail space at the former Penn Plaza site in East Liberty, which is owned by LG Realty Advisors.

Commissioners approved the plan on Tuesday, after nearly five hours of deliberation and public comment from close to 40 speakers, the majority of whom opposed the project. They used their allotted three minutes to call for affordable housing and to critique the community outreach process.

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Republican Scott Wagner will face off against Gov. Tom Wolf this fall for the top office in Harrisburg.

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Randall Taylor and Jessica McPherson volunteer with Penn Plaza Support and Action, an advocacy group fighting to rebuild affordable housing at the site of the former Penn Plaza Apartments in East Liberty. 

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The missing link needed to connect the Great Allegheny Passage through Downtown is nearly complete, with the addition of the Mon Wharf ramp.

Margaret J. Krauss / 90.5 WESA

Pittsburgh’s bus rapid transit, or BRT, system aims to make service much faster and save millions of dollars when it becomes operational in 2021. While BRT isn’t expected to begin operating until 2021, it might be possible to test-drive some of its efficiency tools early.

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Development on the old Civic Arena site was not selected for federal tax credit financing this year, which may change how many units are available on the 28-acre site.

Keith Srakocic / AP

Pittsburgh’s unusually rough winter and spring—rapid freeze-thaw cycles paired with record-level rains—led to more than a dozen landslides. Various city agencies, including the Department of Mobility and Infrastructure and the Department of Public Works responded, gathering information about Pittsburgh’s hillside geology in the process.

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