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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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.

Margaret J. Krauss / 90.5 WESA

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.

Margaret J. Krauss / 90.5 WESA

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

Margaret J. Krauss / 90.5 WESA

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.

Matt Rourke / AP

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

Margaret J. Krauss / 90.5 WESA

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.

Jake Savitz / 90.5 WESA

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.

Kailey Love / 90.5 WESA

Port Authority of Allegheny County CEO Katharine Kelleman told the board at its regular meeting on Friday that the agency will not use police officers to enforce fare collection at light rail stations. 

Keith Srakocic / AP

People trickled into the Spirit of Pittsburgh ballroom at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center Wednesday night for the opening of the city’s annual meeting on P4, a decision-making framework that prioritizes people, place, planet and performance to ensure development is equitable and sustainable.

Deanna Garcia / 90.5 WESA

For a while it seemed as though every day brought some fresh disaster for the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority: billing errors, elevated lead levels, boil water advisories

Margaret J. Krauss / 90.5 WESA

The board of the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority voted Friday to increase the 2018 budget by about $12 million. They approved money to cover the costs of complying with brand new regulations—and some old ones—as well as to fund urgent repair work.

A big chunk of the increase, about $7 million, comes from the costs of organizing PWSA to meet the requirements of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC), according to chief of administration Debbie Lestitian. PUC began its oversight of PWSA on April 1.

Margaret J. Krauss / 90.5 WESA

At a charged public meeting Monday night, residents decried a plan to build retail and office space at the former Penn Plaza site in East Liberty, once home to more than 200 low-income and elderly people. 

Kailey Love / 90.5 WESA

On Monday, crews will begin patching and resurfacing 37 miles of streets, spread across the city’s nine council districts. Through coordination with various utilities, a total of 55 miles of roadway will once again be made traversable.

Margaret J. Krauss / 90.5 WESA

It could be 60 more days before the future of the Strip District’s Produce Terminal is finally decided.

On Thursday, the board of the Urban Redevelopment Authority approved an extension of lease negotiations between the building’s longtime tenant, the nonprofit Society for Contemporary Craft and developer McCaffery Interests.

Margaret J. Krauss / 90.5 WESA

After nearly a year of vocal opposition to a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) plan predicated on deep reductions of service to some Pittsburgh neighborhoods and the Mon Valley, the Port Authority of Allegheny County presented a new plan Thursday night to a packed hal

Megan Harris / 90.5 WESA

Pennsylvania will remain an integral player in the development of self-driving vehicles, but ensuring that the roads are safe must be the state’s top priority, said PennDOT secretary Leslie Richards on Monday as she announced interim regulations for the industry.

Keith Srakocic / AP

On Thursday, Pittsburgh was one of 10 new cities chosen to join the Smart Cities Collaborative, part of the nonprofit group Transportation For America. 

Developers of the former Penn Plaza site in East Liberty made their first presentation Tuesday to the Pittsburgh Planning Commission since that body rejected its development plan more than a year ago. That deal included a mixed-use development anchored by a Whole Foods, which has since pulled out.

Kailey Love / 90.5 WESA

It’s a classic image of American cinema: The outlaw saunters down a deserted main street while a sheriff holds the other end. They face off, guns drawn.

On Monday, Pennsylvania’s Public Utility Commission will begin oversight of the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority. Though it won't be quite like a scene from a Western, there are plenty of legal questions involved.

Gene J. Puskar / AP

Last week’s 2,200-page omnibus spending bill nearly doubled funding for construction work led by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, from $1 billion to $2 billion.

Katie Blackley / 90.5 WESA

The mournful blast of freight trains as they roll through Pittsburgh is a familiar sound. And with good reason. 

Margaret J. Krauss / 90.5 WESA

Ah, the harbingers of spring: daylight savings time, the insistent, early morning song of robins and large construction projects. 

Port Authority of Allegheny County

Katharine Kelleman started work as Port Authority’s chief executive the first week of January, but she began immersing herself in the system well before. 

Sarah Kovash / 90.5 WESA

Uber’s self-driving car operations remain on pause while authorities in Arizona investigate the fatal crash that occurred in Tempe last week. One of the company’s vehicles was in autonomous mode when it struck and killed a woman. Pittsburgh is one of four sites—along with Tempe, San Francisco and Toronto—where Uber tests its autonomous technology.

Margaret J. Krauss / 90.5 WESA

It’s going to be a very busy construction season for the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority. By the end of 2018, the authority must replace 2,100 lead service lines and aims to conduct 15,000 curb box inspections.

Margaret J. Krauss / 90.5 WESA

People packed a church hall Wednesday night to demand affordable housing be built on the former Penn Plaza site in East Liberty, owned by LG Realty Advisors. 

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