Development & Transportation

We cover how people move about the region, as well as trends in housing and commercial development.

Margaret J. Krauss / 90.5 WESA

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.”

Margaret J. Krauss / 90.5 WESA

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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Route 30 is open to traffic again following the April landslide that destroyed a 300-foot section of the road near East Pittsburgh. Repairs included shoring up the collapsed hillside, installing a replacement drainage system, and adding a retaining wall anchored by steel piles at the base of the hill.

Pennsylvania's Population Quickly Becoming Older, Slowly More Diverse

Jun 26, 2018
U.S. Geological Survey

Following national trends, Pennsylvania’s population is getting older and slowly becoming more diverse according to the latest statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Nearly one-third of all Pennsylvania residents were 55 years or older in 2017, ranking it seventh among states for the highest median age in the country at about 41 years old. The national median age is 38 years old.

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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.

Margaret J. Krauss

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 city of Pittsburgh's Housing Opportunity Fund is one step closer to investing in affordable housing.

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The ink-stained walls of the former Pittsburgh Post-Gazette printing pressroom could soon house a center celebrating free speech by a newly formed nonprofit called the International Free Expression Project.

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Ten new diesel buses are coming to Allegheny County's roads, thanks to a $3.6 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration. Port Authority CEO Katharine Kelleman said they will be cheaper, cleaner to operate, and offer a quieter, smoother ride. 

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The Penguins and Saint Louis-based developer McCormack Baron Salazar are supposed to start construction late this year on the affordable housing component of the development of the old Civic Arena site.

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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.

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Pennsylvania State University has received a $2.5 million grant for a transportation research program involving several other universities.

WJAC-TV reports Republican U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson announced the grant Monday.

The study will cover different modes of transportation, such as highways, rail and air. Its focus is "improving the durability and extending the life" of transportation infrastructure.

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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The development company expected to demolish a historic Lawrenceville church has canceled its plans, according to the Pittsburgh Business Times. The paper reported on Friday afternoon that E Properties and Development will remove the demolition notice from Holy Family Church on 43rd Street.

*This post was updated on Friday, June 15, 2018 at 6:36 p.m.

 

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Every day, around 100 people visit a special check-in booth in a corner of Pittsburgh International Airport. They aren’t there to pick up tickets, and they don’t have any luggage.

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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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Security cameras in Pittsburgh's South Side have helped lower the area's crime rate by 37 percent in the last year, according to Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala.

Margaret J. Krauss / 90.5 WESA

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.

‘Critical Moment’ For Firms Amid Retirements, Opioid Crisis

Jun 4, 2018
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For the first time since the recession hit a decade ago, the demand for workers is steady.

PA’s Population Increase In 2017 Was The Most Dramatic In 5 Years

Jun 1, 2018
Pennsylvania State Data Center

Pennsylvania’s population is on the rise again, after declining in 2016 — but growth remains concentrated in certain spots, and most communities keep losing residents.

Margaret J. Krauss / 90.5 WESA

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

Maria Scapellato

Summer is unofficially here and that means more traffic on the local waterways.  

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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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Pennsylvania drivers will be getting some relief from pockmarked roadways in the form of $180 million to fill in potholes and perform other work after the ravages of a tough winter.

Sarah Kovash / 90.5 WESA

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.

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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.

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