Development & Transportation

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

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This spring, Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority will embark on a massive new infrastructure project to replace its small water mains.

State's Top Auditor Says Turnpike On 'Road To Ruin'

Mar 21, 2019
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The state's fiscal watchdog is warning the Pennsylvania Turnpike is on a "road to ruin" unless lawmakers intervene.

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Gov. Tom Wolf is pitching his plan to finance a multibillion-dollar capital plan by taxing Marcellus Shale natural gas production as a way to help Pennsylvania schools clean up environmental health hazards.

'Hyperloop' Cargo From Philly To Pittsburgh? Officials Say It's Not That Far-Fetched

Mar 18, 2019
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Commercial goods packed in giant capsules and moving in vacuum-sealed steel tubes at nearly supersonic speeds from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh?

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Pittsburgh’s Housing Opportunity Fund won approval for a new program: emergency rental assistance. The initiative was one of many greenlit by the board of the Urban Redevelopment Authority on Thursday.

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Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority wants to replace lead service lines for families with moderate and low incomes.

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Norfolk Southern wants to raise several rail bridges so it can run taller, double-stack trains from the North Side through Downtown and eastern suburbs, similar to those already chugging through the South Side. The rail company says that area is too congested and prone to landslides.

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After more than ten years of negotiations, plans and delays, the Pittsburgh Penguins intend to break ground on the 28-acre Lower Hill project in fall 2019.

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Calls for investment in digital infrastructure have increased across the country. More than one-third of people in rural areas lack access to high-speed internet. 

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Transit agencies across the state are facing budget shortfalls because of pending litigation against a state agency. Each year, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission sends $450 million to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to support mass transit, but two groups have alleged that the set-up is illegal.

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An executive order signed by Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto on Monday outlines objectives and expectations for the safe testing of autonomous vehicles in the city. 

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Pennsylvania residents planning to travel travel domestically by plane or enter federal facilities will soon need an updated identification card called a Real ID. Starting this month, Real IDs will be available for Pennsylvanians online, at PennDOT Driver's License Centers or at Real ID centers.

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Preliminary data presented in an annual report from the Governors Highway Safety Association found that pedestrian deaths across the nation have increased by more than a third, even as all other traffic-related deaths have declined.

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Allegheny River Boulevard hugs the southern bank of its namesake waterway, carrying travelers between Pittsburgh’s Highland Park neighborhood to the borough of Oakmont. But the road includes distinct architectural features that make it different from others.

Governor Tom Wolf was in Bridgeville Thursday to tout his Restore Pennsylvania plan, which he said could generate $4.5 billion for infrastructure investments across the state over the next four years.

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Lawmakers grilled state transportation officials over the turnpike’s ongoing funding issues in a budget hearing Tuesday.

The Turnpike Commission is behind on payments to the state amid a lawsuit over its rising tolls.

Every year, the commission pays $450 million to the state for transit projects. To afford it, it's hiked tolls around 200 percent in the last decade and taken on a lot of debt.

Even when the payments scale down in 2022, tolls will have to keep rising.

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The digital signs on the front of each Port Authority of Allegheny County bus will no longer read “Go Steelers” or “Go Bucs,” or thank the region’s veterans. 

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A disagreement over allowing double-stack trains through the North Side and East End of Pittsburgh is growing heated.

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Pittsburgh International Airport's terminal redesign plan was unveiled Wednesday, and is expected to be approved by the Allegheny County Airport Authority Board of Directors at a special noon meeting. 

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Amtrak is modifying its Keystone Service between New York and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, because of the impending winter storm.

On Wednesday, Trains 647 and 651 will terminate in Philadelphia. Train 656 will originate in Philadelphia and Train 620 is canceled.

Amtrak says Northeast Corridor service between Boston and Washington and points south will continue to operate as scheduled.

Amtrak passengers are advised to check on their train's status throughout the day.

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Community can exist in any place where two or more humans gather. Port Authority operator Jill Smallwood sees it at rush hour, as she drives the P1 route from downtown Pittsburgh to Swissvale and back again.

As her bus gets crowded, Smallwood can’t see all the way to the back of the bus, so she’ll appeal to her riders, “Do we have any room in the back?” Most of the time, they make space for one more.

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Stapled to telephone poles and planted along the sides of roads, “We Buy Houses” signs have appeared in some Pittsburgh neighborhoods. The signs are relatively generic prompting some residents to wonder who is behind the advertisements. 

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Second Avenue in Pittsburgh is a busy east-west roadway that takes travelers from Downtown through Uptown, past links to the South Side and Greenfield, and on through Hazelwood to the Glennwood Bridge. It’s an important route and fated to become even more critical due to developments planned along its length, such as the 178-acre Hazelwood Green site.

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Construction on the Produce Terminal in Pittsburgh’s Strip District neighborhood is expected to begin in March. The work won approval from the board of Pittsburgh’s Urban Redevelopment Authority Thursday.

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Modern existence requires a lot of signs: road signs, park signs, building signs, direction signs, special event signs. Plenty of signs could be ordered online, in this age of hyper-availability, but Allegheny County doesn’t outsource its written communication with the public; instead, the county runs its own sign shop.

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Despite a rally and two hours of public comment Tuesday, the Pittsburgh Planning Commission approved a development plan for the former Penn Plaza site in East Liberty. The rally attendees and majority of public speakers were against the plan by LG Realty, urging the commission to only consider a plan that included affordable housing. 

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Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority has set a new course for its future, in which its customers can rely on clean, safe water and rarely ever think about the authority headquartered at 1200 Penn Avenue. 

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Like most American cities, Pittsburgh needs thousands more units of affordable housing, but federal and state money to build those homes continues to shrink.

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The mayor of Pittsburgh is looking to overhaul car towing procedures in the city, saying they don't want to force competition between towing companies.

Gene J. Puskar / AP

The Rachel Carson Bridge, also known as the Ninth Street Bridge, will close Monday, Feb. 11 through the summer of 2020, according to the Allegheny County Department of Public Works.

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