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Port Authority Wants You To Weigh In On Bus Rapid Transit Plans

Margaret Sun
90.5 WESA

The Port Authority of Allegheny County is seeking public input as it finalizes plans for Pittsburgh's long-awaited bus rapid transit system.

Riders can offer suggestions at upcoming neighborhood meetings about street design, station locations and what amenities they’d like to see at each station, like benches and Connect Card machines. They'll also offer general updates and allow for questions about the planning process, spokesman Adam Brandolph said.

Meeting times and locations will be posted on the authority’s website as they’re scheduled, he said. The first is from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Oakland Career Center on Semple Street.

“Then we’re going to be doing some environmental impact analysis and preliminary engineering before we apply for federal funding,” he said.

The proposed bus rapid transit system will connect Downtown to Oakland on dedicated lanes with wings extending to Wilkinsburg, Highland Park, Squirrel Hill and Greenfield. The estimated $233 million project is expected to be submitted for funding this September.

The planning process is continuing despite questions about the availability of federal funding for such projects. President Donald Trump’s proposed budget does not provide funding for the Capital Investment Grant program.