Development & Transportation

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

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Environmental advocacy group PennEnvironment believes Pittsburgh should be doing more to encourage greater use of electric vehicles. A newly released policy guide calls on the city to introduce additional charging stations on streets and in parking structures.

The group predicts that 9,000 electric vehicles will be on Pittsburgh's roads by 2030, kickstarting the need for EV-friendly policies.

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.

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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.

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

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Under President Donald Trump's infrastructure plan, the federal government would supply 20 percent of funding to chosen projects across the country, with states, cities and private investors providing the remaining 80 percent.

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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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While the upswing in temperatures might have some Pittsburghers excited to ditch their coats, it’s helped create a nightmarish pothole season for city roads.

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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.

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A rehabilitation effort in the commercial corridor of the Hill District is one step closer to opening its doors.

Once a performance hub for artists like Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald, the New Granada Theater has sat empty on the 2000 block of Centre Avenue for more than a decade. Planning and fundraising are underway for a full rehabilitation of the historic Art Deco-style building built in the 1920s.

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The Pittsburgh Urban Redevelopment Authority unanimously approved a measure Thursday to help fund new affordable housing units near PPG Paints Arena. 

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The UrbanKind Institute held a community forum Wednesday at the University of Pittsburgh to discuss how Amazon's second headquarters, or HQ2, could impact Pittsburgh's university communities.

PennDOT is updating its statewide bicycle and pedestrian master plan. That includes a 22-question survey that will help regional and state planners.

Roy Gothie is PennDOT’s statewide bicycle and pedestrian coordinator. He said part of PennDOT’s job is to support riding and walking as transportation.

Amtrak Engineer Ordered To Stand Trial In Deadly Philadelphia Rail Crash

Feb 6, 2018
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Amtrak engineer Brandon Bostian sat stunned Tuesday as a judge reinstated twice-rejected criminal charges and ordered him to stand trial for a deadly 2015 train wreck in Philadelphia.

Judge Kathryn S. Lewis ruled that another judge erred in dismissing the reckless endangerment and involuntary manslaughter charges at a hearing in September.

Lewis said evidence at the hearing — including testimony from an injured passenger and gruesome details of tattered cars and strewn limbs — should have been sufficient to warrant a trial.

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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.

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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.

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

Women Show Operating Snowplow Isn't Just A Man's Job

Jan 31, 2018
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Two former bus drivers have shifted gears to drive and operate snowplow trucks for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

Krisa Walls of Georges Township was looking for a job to bring in a second income into her home when she decided to apply. The stay-at-home mom raised three children over 20 years, and her last job was driving a school bus.

"I wanted something with steady pay and benefits, and I couldn't really find anything around here," Walls said.

Browsing online, she saw the state Department of Transportation was looking for snow plow operators.

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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.

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

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Our Good Question! series fields a lot of questions around Pittsburgh transit, from the history of streetcars to the creation of light rail. We pulled together a variety of questions for this short history.

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Last September, the Allegheny County Airport Authority announced a $1.1 billion renovation to Pittsburgh International Airport. The Authority is now searching for an architectural and engineering design firm to spearhead the project. 

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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.

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Got a nasty tire eater in your neighborhood? The city of Pittsburgh wants to hear from you.

City officials announced Wednesday that public works crews will conduct a pothole “blitz” starting at 6 a.m. Thursday. They plan to work 12-hour shifts repairing potholes through Saturday.

In a press release, the Department of Public works said it already has a list of 300 reported potholes. Residents are encouraged to report additional potholes via the city’s 311 line.

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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.

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Katharine Eagan Kelleman began her new job Tuesday as the CEO of the Port Authority of Allegheny County. She takes over at a time when the transit agency has a lot on its plate, everything from a proposal to build a Bus Rapid Transit link between downtown Pittsburgh and Oakland and beyond, to devising a cashless fare enforcement system that doesn’t profile certain riders.

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


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The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority is encouraging eligible customers to sign up for its new bill discount program, which launched this month.

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In 2016, the city's Affordable Housing Task Force concluded Pittsburgh had a shortage of at least 15,000 low income units. 

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Lewis Marascalco remembers the buzz he and his fellow engineers felt while they were working on a futuristic transportation system everyone was calling “Skybus.

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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.

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