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.

Ways to Connect

Matt Nemeth / 90.5 WESA

Normally, playing on a highway is a bad idea, but a project to physically reconnect Pittsburgh’s Hill District to Downtown will soon install a walkable, bikeable park overtop the I-579 / Crosstown Boulevard Corridor. 

The Pittsburgh-Allegheny County Sports and Exhibition Authority is spearheading the I-579 “Cap” Urban Connector Project. It will erase a significant barrier in the city, said executive director Mary Conturo.

Margaret Sun / 90.5 WESA

A Bus Rapid Transit, or BRT system has been in the works in one form or another for more than a decade in Pittsburgh. It has been hailed as a way to make public transportation more efficient and more appealing, as well as a means to support economic growth in the region.

Margaret J. Krauss / 90.5 WESA

The board of Pittsburgh’s Urban Redevelopment Authority voted Thursday to approve a deal for the redevelopment of the Produce Terminal in the Strip District. The vote cleared the way for developer McCaffery Interests to take a long-term lease on the building.

Margaret J. Krauss / 90.5 WESA

A contract to redevelop the Strip District’s Produce Terminal building is close to being finalized, city officials said Wednesday.

Dan Gilman, the mayor’s chief of staff, said it’s a complex deal but the parties were working through some critical final details with developer Dan McCaffery of McCaffery Interests.

“And Dan has to get his numbers to work,” Gilman said. “We’re asking for a significant investment of his money and the public’s money into this.”

The project is expected to cost $62.6 million.

Keith Srakocic / AP

The Pittsburgh Planning Commission voted on Tuesday to positively recommend a new Riverfront Zoning plan to City Council for its consideration.

Margaret J. Krauss / 90.5 WESA

On a Monday morning in February, people packed the Pittsburgh mayor’s conference room to witness the city’s successful transition to financial independence — an event lauded as a turning point for the city’s future.

Margaret J. Krauss / 90.5 WESA

Pennsylvania is taking ride-hailing company Uber to court. A lawsuit filed Monday alleges Uber broke two state laws and compromised the identities of thousands of Pennsylvanians.

Margaret J. Krauss / 90.5 WESA

Commercial and recreational boat traffic on the Ohio River will be considerably slower until June. Starting Tuesday, the primary lock chambers on the Emsworth and Dashields Locks and Dams will be closed for repairs, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Pittsburgh Department of City Planning

Developers will soon be asked to propose projects for a site in Pittsburgh’s EcoInnovation District, which covers Uptown and West Oakland. The 1.8-acre parcel at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Dinwiddie Street is owned by the city and the Urban Redevelopment Authority.

It’s the first project for which a request for proposals will be issued under the recently adopted neighborhood plan, said Project Manager Derek Dauphin.

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Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale announced Friday morning that his office will review the effectiveness of hiring practices at the Port Authority of Allegheny County (PAAC) and analyze the authority’s service. DePasquale said now is an ideal time for a performance audit.

“If we’re going to be competitive in this region economically, having a vibrant Port Authority is critical to meet those needs.”

After a months-long volley of information, Pittsburgh’s Department of City Planning has determined that a preliminary plan to develop the former Penn Plaza site in East Liberty is complete.

Gene J. Puskar / AP

A decision on the future of Pittsburgh’s riverfronts has been delayed. The Pittsburgh Planning Commission will wait two weeks to vote on proposed zoning changes due to concerns raised by developers and others.

The Department of City Planning is reviewing a development plan for the former Penn Plaza site in East Liberty. It's the third version of the Pennley Park South plan to be submitted by owner LG Realty Advisors, Inc.

Margaret J. Krauss / 90.5 WESA

A shuttle service between Oakland, Four Mile Run, Greenfield and Hazelwood could be built by the City of Pittsburgh by 2020. The Mon-Oakland Mobility Plan was called a “proof of concept” for how transportation could work in Pittsburgh.

Margaret J. Krauss / 90.5 WESA

The water main on Penn Avenue in Lawrenceville broke late on a Thursday evening in January. 

Margaret J. Krauss / 90.5 WESA

Pittsburghers have gotten used to the sight of self-driving cars from various companies cruising the streets: there’s Argo AI, Delphi, Aurora, and of course, Uber. But there’s something different about Uber these days.

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Residents of Homewood and North Point Breeze have requested the Urban Redevelopment Authority postpone its search for development proposals for a former industrial site between the two neighborhoods.

Margaret J. Krauss / 90.5 WESA

On Monday the city of Pittsburgh became the second city to exit Act 47, the state’s oversight program for financially distressed cities. For a city known for the catastrophic collapse of its steel industry in the 1980s, this clean bill of financial health was lauded by state and local officials as nothing short of a comeback.

Mark Lennihan / AP

Wherever Amazon chooses to locate its second North American headquarters, or HQ2, the company expects to hire 50,000 people over the next 10 to 15 years.

Margaret J. Krauss / 90.5 WESA

A 1.2-mile stretch in the heart of Beechview is slated for an overhaul. The hope is that the Broadway Avenue Public Realm project will make the neighborhood safer, more beautiful and reinvigorate the business district.

Jake Savitz / 90.5 WESA

Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority has sent letters to 2,500 residential customers warning of an impending shut-off.

Margaret J. Krauss / 90.5 WESA

Pittsburgh residents filled City Council chambers Tuesday night to hear recommendations on how to restructure the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority and provide feedback. The meeting was convened by the mayoral panel tasked with directing the authority’s reorganization.

Margaret J. Krauss / 90.5 WESA

The Allegheny County Sanitary Authority, ALCOSAN, expects to design the expansion of its treatment plant this spring, with construction beginning in late 2019. 

Elaine Thompson / AP

Pennsylvania’s Office of Open Records ordered the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County on Wednesday to release the region’s bid for Amazon’s second headquarters, or HQ2, ruling that the document belongs in the public domain.

Margaret J. Krauss / 90.5 WESA

Just more than 9,000 people live in Aliquippa. It was once the economic heart of Beaver County, but the collapse of steel in the late 1980s and early 1990s decimated the city. Some people say Aliquippa’s been dying a slow death ever since, but its leaders disagree.

Richard Drew / AP

Amazon announced Thursday that Pittsburgh is among a list of 20 finalists for the tech company's second headquarters.


Jake Savitz / 90.5 WESA

Mayor Bill Peduto met Wednesday with the panel he selected to evaluate how to address problems at the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority. Both parties agree that the most important issue to tackle is governance.

 

That means hiring a lawyer, said the panel’s chair, Jared Cohen.

 

“To work with us to figure out what kinds of contractual provisions and other legal amendments have to be made in order to make those governance changes,” he said. “It's fairly technical legal work.”

 

Liz Reid / 90.5 WESA

On Wednesday, Mayor Bill Peduto will meet with the panel he appointed to evaluate how best to restructure the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority. After nearly six months of work, that panel issued its report at the end of December.

While the mayor said he largely supports the panel’s recommendations, he said its members left out one important consideration in selecting a best course of action for PWSA.

Margaret J. Krauss / 90.5 WESA

Rosyln Place is a 250-foot cul-de-sac street in Pittsburgh’s Shadyside neighborhood. Such an abbreviated street doesn’t demand much attention, but Roslyn Place carries the unusual distinction of being made of wood.

While City Council approved a historic designation for the street last May, the 18 houses surrounding the street enjoyed no such protection.

Margaret J. Krauss / 90.5 WESA

Plenty of cities have bike share programs: pay-as-you-go bikes that riders check out from a docking station, ride wherever, and then return to any open station. Now, dockless bike-share systems are rolling out in the U.S.

While these bikes have the same goal as their predecessor—to offer a quick, cheap means of traveling between transit hubs and riders’ final destinations—they feature one major difference: no docking station needed.

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