Development & Transportation

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

Kailey Love / 90.5 WESA

South Hills transit riders can expect delays for about a month as the Port Authority of Allegheny County replaces light rail tracks and pavement. Work will begin Friday and end Aug. 22.

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The Giant Eagle in Pittsburgh’s Shadyside neighborhood will be overhauled in 2020. Redevelopment of the Shady Hill Center is expected to demolish the existing 4.9-acre shopping plaza to build new retail, apartments and a smaller Giant Eagle.

Margaret J. Krauss / 90.5 WESA

The benefits driverless technology could create for cities are murkier than they seem, according to a new report released by Pittsburghers for Public Transit at a meeting in Hazelwood Thursday.

Ariel Worthy / WESA

Residents from Lawrenceville told Pittsburgh City Council on Tuesday that they were happy to see inclusionary zoning coming to their neighborhood. 

Matt Slocum / AP

Tolls on the Pennsylvania Turnpike will be going up 6 percent next year for both E-ZPass users and cash customers.

Turnpike officials announced Tuesday that the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission had approved the increase slated to start Jan. 5 on all sections and extensions except for three "cashless" toll facilities in western Pennsylvania.

Officials said the increase is needed to meet escalating debt service costs and to maintain aging roads.

Margaret J. Krauss / 90.5 WESA

After a year of confusion and concern, residents of a low-income senior housing community in Penn Hills met with management to discuss a protracted mold problem on Friday.

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Pittsburgh’s Urban Redevelopment Authority continues to build out the programs enabled by the city’s Housing Opportunity Fund.

Margaret J. Krauss / 90.5 WESA

Every night, 70-year-old Jeanne Delancey goes to sleep beneath a dinner plate-sized patch of mold that surrounds a vent on her bedroom wall.

“I tried to clean it, you can’t even clean it. It doesn’t come off,” she said.

Margaret J. Krauss / 90.5 WESA

The City of Pittsburgh lags behind other cities in testing micro-mobility options such as stand-on electric scooters. However, a blockbuster year for bikeshare program Healthy Ride shows a growing demand for personal transit, one executive director David White wants to meet.

Sarah Kovash / 90.5 WESA

Pittsburghers are utilizing the city’s mobile parking app, Go Mobile PGH, to make their driving experience a little easier. Half of parking transactions so far this year have been made through the app, up from 34 percent in 2017.

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The board of directors of Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority unanimously approved a pledge to bar privatization at its regular monthly meeting Friday.

Pittsburghers for Public Transit

A new mapping tool from Pittsburghers for Public Transit asks residents in the Monongahela Valley and eastern suburbs to design bus routes that would best serve them. The interactive, online survey, Beyond the East Busway, asks participants where they most need rapid bus service. The survey will be available through September.

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 The sidewalk along Grandview Avenue on Mount Washington usually offers beautiful vistas of the city to tourists and locals, but three sections are currently closed and blocked off with caution tape. 

Rachel Gobep / 90.5 WESA

Pittsburgh-based autonomous vehicle company Argo AI will invest $15 million to create a new research center at Carnegie Mellon University, officials announced Monday.

Margaret J. Krauss / 90.5 WESA

City of Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority officials convened a joint meeting Thursday night to discuss two major projects planned for Schenley Park: stormwater infrastructure and a new transportation route. Both have generated significant aggravation.

From Saw Mill Run to Nelson Run to Glass Run, there are about 80 roads in Allegheny County that include the word “run” in their names. No one sprints down these streets, but the word is ubiquitous in the region.

Sarah Kovash / 90.5 WESA

On today’s program: The Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival is bringing Patti LaBelle, Makaya McCraven and a stacked lineup of jazz and funk musicians to town; a PA House bill could expand insurance coverage for treating Lyme disease; local poet and founder of the Pittsburgh Poetry Exchange Michael Wurster publishes his fourth anthology; and PWSA explains how existing programs can help low-income residents pay their water bills.

1 In 3 Pennsylvania Households Struggle To Make Ends Meet, According To New Report

Jun 18, 2019
Kimberly Paynter / WHYY

Roughly one in three Pennsylvania households struggle to afford life’s basic necessities, according to a report released Tuesday by the United Way.

Adam Tunnard / 90.5 WESA

A program that offers free machining and manufacturing training recently expanded to McKeesport. The non-profit New Century Careers will run the tuition-free facility, which organizers hope will help restore the once-booming industrial economy in the Mon Valley.

Kathleen J. Davis / 90.5 WESA

Pittsburgh politicians and developers gathered Friday for a ceremonial groundbreaking on a cap over I-579. The project, headed by the Sports and Exhibition Authority, will connect the Hill District with the Central Business District downtown after years of discussion.

Kailey Love / 90.5 WESA

City of Pittsburgh officials are counting on $7 million from the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority for the 2019 budget. But PWSA can’t write any checks until there’s a new cooperation agreement.

Port Authority of Allegheny County

Each morning, some 220,000 people across Allegheny County make sure they have their bags, lunch, keys and head for the bus or train. But the Port Authority says it often loses time at each stop as people scramble for their ConnectCards in wallets or purses. Enter the ConnectBand.

Margaret J. Krauss / 90.5 WESA

A full rehabilitation of Pittsburgh’s Produce Terminal is expected to be completed in August of 2020. City and county officials gathered in the Strip District on Tuesday to celebrate the building’s future.

BROADBANDTEST.US

new report released on Monday by the Center for Rural Pennsylvania says the Federal Communications Commission overstates broadband internet availability and access across Pennsylvania.

Photo courtesy Citiparks, City of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh's outdoor pools open Wednesday, giving residents reprieve from hot temperatures this summer. This might be the last summer that water for pools, and other amenities, will be free for the city. 

Adam Tunnard / 90.5 WESA

Amidst renovations throughout the Strip District, Pittsburgh’s Department of Mobility and Infrastructure (DOMI) hosted a public “Market Workshop” Thursday to hear community commentary on the state of the neighborhood's development.

 

Deanna Garcia / 90.5 WESA

A newly proposed cooperation agreement between the City of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority will be introduced in city council on Tuesday.

Pittsburgh City Council unanimously approved spending $10 million from the Urban Redevelopment Authority's Housing Opportunity Fund on Tuesday.  

Sarah Kovash / 90.5 WESA

Mayor Bill Peduto worries Aqua America may still try to purchase the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority, a concern he addressed to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, or PUC, last week.

Virginia Alvino Young / 90.5 WESA

In the North Side neighborhood of Brighton Heights, tucked into a corner on Richardson Street, is a two-story home with yellow siding. Natalie Perko, 33, moved in earlier this month.

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