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Pittsburgh Transit Stations Getting Renovations

February 16, 2022

The Port Authority of Allegheny County has stepped up the rehabilitation of stations along its Red Line rail line in Pittsburgh.

The agency began the project at the Fallowfield Station in the Beechview neighborhood.

A temporary closure of the rail line enabled the port authority to speed up its schedule of station repairs, agency officials said.

The work includes repairing concrete platforms and metal railings, replacing tactile pads, refurbishing overhead canopies, and painting.

Station repair is expected to cost $10.8 million and includes work at 18 high-platform stations.

Until the Red Line was knocked out of service by a bridge closure, the port authority had been planning to launch the station rehabilitation project in the spring.

A shift in the deck of a bridge over Saw Mill Run Boulevard led the port authority to close the Red Line on Feb. 4.

Engineers determined the bridge shifted after water penetrated a concrete portion of the bridge and froze during a winter storm.

Port authority officials have not said when the bridge will be repaired and reopened.

Pittsburgh Light Rail Line May Reopen

February 28, 2021

The Port Authority of Allegheny County has released a 25-year plan calling for improvements in Pittsburgh’s light rail system by reopening a now-closed rail line.

The plan also envisions reducing service on the lightly used Library line.

Although the Port Authority wants to create a route to the Pittsburgh International Airport the plan did not say what mode of transportation will be used to do that.

The plan also calls for increased service in a number of areas but did not list many specifics.

Landslides Partly Close Pittsburgh Transit Tunnel

January 11, 2020

Portions of the Mount Washington Transit Tunnel in Pittsburgh were closed this week after storms led to runoffs that created landslides.

Officials with the Port Authority of Allegheny County, which operates the city’s light rail network, said they expect the tunnel to reopen in both directions on Monday morning.

The tunnel is used by light rail trains and Port Authority buses.

Since Tuesday only outbound trains and buses have been able to use the tunnel and they were confined to the inbound lanes.

During the closure trains have been rerouted to the dormant Allentown Line while buses have been detoured around the tunnel.

Officials said the landslides have blocked the exits from the tunnel of the outbound lanes.

The landslides occurred below Paul Street.

Port Authority spokesman Adam Brandolph said on Friday that workers are removing trees and vegetation from the hillside and rocks and dirt from the landslide site.

Workers from the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority will need to repair a sewer damaged by the landslide, but buses and trains can use the tunnel during that work.

Officials have said a faulty sewer drain was the cause of the landslides because storm water was unable to drain into the sewer system and instead cascades down the hillside.

“There’s an ongoing problem with drainage from Paul Street on Mount Washington,” Brandolph said. “We will not be fully reopening the tunnel until our engineers can review the hillside and we are sure it is safe to do so.”

Because trains on the Allentown line don’t stop at Station Square, the Port Authority is running shuttle buses from Station Square to the First Avenue station for riders who normally ride inbound from there.

Pittsburgh Light Rail Station Reopens

August 24, 2018

A Pittsburgh light rail station damaged by a Norfolk Southern derailment has reopened.

The derailment on Aug. 5 forced the closing of the Station Square station.

On Thursday, the Port Authority of Allegheny County reopened the station for outbound riders.

Inbound passengers will continue to be detoured through the Allentown neighborhood until tests are completed of the new track.

The Port Authority hopes to restore full service this weekend.

The NS derailment sent containers from a Chicago-bound double-stack train down an embankment and into the station, damaging 1,600 feet of track and 4,000 feet of power lines.

Sections of sidewalk, drainage inlets and a concrete wall also had to be repaired.

Pittsburgh Light Rail Line Damaged by NS Derailment Not Expected to Reopen for 3-4 Weeks

August 14, 2018

A Pittsburgh light rail line station knocked out of service by a Norfolk Southern derailment is not expected to reopen for another three to four weeks.

The Port Authority of Allegheny County said on Monday it has hired consultants and contractors to repair track and equipment damaged by the Aug. 5 derailment of an NS stack train on the Mon Line at the Station Square light rail station.

The T stop at Station Square has been closed since the derailment.

Inspectors found that 1,600 feet of track sustained extensive damage and will need to be replaced.

Also needing replacement is about 4,000 feet of overhead electrical line and the supports for the overhead.

The derailment also shut down the NS Mon Line for three days. The derailment occurred a few minutes after a light-rail train had passed.

One lane of East Carson Street remains closed to allow workers access to the light rail tracks.

A Port Authority spokesman said a cost estimate to repair the damages has not yet been calculated but the agency will seek reimbursement from NS or through insurance.

Although not directly connected to the NS derailment, the Port Authority said hiring contractors to repair the Station Square damage will enable workers to continue to work on the Blue Line in Library where flooding earlier this summer caused significant damage.

That route was expected to open on Sept. 1, but now authorities say that will likely be pushed back because of the NS derailment.

The Port Authority said it will review the NS accident after track and infrastructure repairs are complete to determine if additional safety measures are needed to protect the T station and system in the event of a future freight train derailment.

PAT Delays New Ticket System

July 6, 2017

Implementation of a new fare collection system on the light rail network in Pittsburgh has been delayed.

The Port Authority of Allegheny County had planned to implement a cashless, proof-of-payment system but has put that off because, among reasons, it has not yet received all of its ConnectCard machines that dispense the new fare cards and tickets at stations.

Once the system is operational, PAT trains will no longer accept cash payments. Passengers will instead use pre-purchased ConnectCards that are validated on the platform before boarding.

The transit agency said the new system will speed up boarding by enabling doors to be opened at more locations.

Originally expected to be in place by June, the additional card machines will not arrive until October.

Another factor has been software performance problems on existing ConnectCard machines and issues with the validators that are part of the new system.

“The goal of the policy is to make the customer experience better, but in order to make that happen, all of the equipment must be available, functional and reliable,” said David Donahoe, the Port Authority’s interim chief executive officer, in a statement.

“Because these items will take time to resolve, I’m not prepared to announce a new start date until I see the results of the work now underway, including field testing.”

Wi-Fi Coming to Pittsburgh Light Rail System

February 2, 2017

The light rail network in Pittsburg is getting Wi-Fi connections as a result of a recent agreement between the Port Authority of Allegheny County and Comcast.

port-authority-of-allegheny-countyThe seven-year contract calls for Comcast to install free Wi-Fi hotspots at seven Pittsburgh region light-rail stations.

Light rail passengers will be able to go online from their smart phones or other electronic devices.

The agency said the project comes at not cost to it. Comcast currently provides Wi-Fi service for transit users in Philadelphia, Boston and southern New Jersey.

“We’re excited to be able to provide this amenity to our riders,” said Port Authority Chief Executive Officer Ellen McLean. “This is yet another step in our ongoing effort to enhance the public transit experience, and will be invaluable once we roll out real-time tracking on our light rail vehicles.”

Light Rail Track Replacement Begins in Pittsburgh

October 5, 2016

New track is being installed on the light rail system in Pittsburgh this month near the Station Square area.

pittsburghThe construction involves replacing nearly 800 feet track. Between Oct. 3 and 22, service will be restricted in the Mt. Washington Transit Tunnel area. The track has reached the end of its useful life.

Inbound trains will detour across Arlington Avenue and outbound trains will continue to use the Mt. Washington Transit Tunnel.

A supplemental rail shuttle will operate between Station Square and Steel Plaza stations. It will also serve First Avenue Station.

The work is part of an $8.4 million reconstruction project to replace a mile of track along Broadway Avenue.

The rail line is operated by the Port Authority of Allegheny County.

Station Square is a former Pittsburgh & Lake Erie depot along the Monongahela River that is now a shopping and casino complex.

Pittsburgh’s Red Line to Close for 6 Months

January 16, 2016

A rebuild of a nearly mile-long section of the Red Line will have a Pittsburgh light-rail route shut down for six months.

The Port Authority of Allegheny County said the closing will be implemented on March 27 so that crews can fix aging and deteriorating tracks and street pavement in the Beechview neighborhood.

Pittsburgh transit vehicle

A Pittsburgh light rail car.

During the project, the embedded tracks and pavement in the center of Broadway Avenue will be replaced.

The Port Authority said that the track has reached the end of its useful life and since 2008 it has made 22 repairs to keep the route open.

“We must repair the track and concrete now or these conditions will worsen and cause more intrusive service disruptions for the thousands of people who rely on the Red Line each day,” said Ellen McLean, the authority’s chief executive officer.

The Port Authority said it is offering a financial incentive to the contractor to complete what had been projected as an 18-month project in six months. A public meeting is being held on Feb. 18 to discuss the project.

Pittsburgh Transit Agency Seeking Public Response on Changing Fare Collection Practices

June 11, 2015

The Pittsburgh transit system is launching a campaign to develop recommendations for improving its fare system.

Named “Where to Next,” the campaign by the Port Authority of Allegheny County will seek public response through an online survey, a Web-based community discussion site and a public hearing.

Surveys will be offered at local events throughout the summer.

One proposal is to make the agency’s rail system “cashless” by having riders pay their fares using a ConnectCard.

The authority said this would “significantly improve boarding and commuting times.”

Any changed would be implemented in phases

“We’ve talked about improving fare products and our fare policy for years but now we’re doing it,” said Port Authority Chief Executive Officer Ellen McLean. “We want to engage our riders and residents through the summer to gather as much input on this as possible.”