Posts Tagged ‘Pittsburgh public transit’

Agency Renamed Pittsburgh Regional Transit

June 10, 2022

The Pittsburgh public transit agency has rebranded itself as Pittsburgh Regional Transit.

Formerly known as the Port Authority of Allegheny County, the agency said the name change better reflects what it does.

“For decades, the name Port Authority has led people to jokingly ask where the boats are, so to have a name and brand that reflects the agency and its work is significant,” said Jeffrey W. Letwin, Chair of the 11-member PRT governing board.

“Our new name acknowledges that we’re not just part of the community; the community is a part of us,” said PRT CEO Katharine Kelleman.

Officials said they intend for the acronym to be pronounced not by its letters but as “part.”

The Port Authority established a unified public transit system in March 1964 through the consolidation of 33 private transit carriers, many of which had been in were in dire financial straits since 1959.

The new identity will be phased in over the next year with schedules, brochures, the website and signs redesigned in stages. Transit vehicle will receive decals and a wholly new design as they are purchased.

PRT officials said there will be no changes in fares or services.

The agency has 2,600 employees and operates light rail, bus, incline (Monongahela and Duquesne) and paratransit services serving 60 million riders a year.

The 26.2-mile light rail network serves 27 stations from downtown Pittsburgh.

Heading for Downtown Pittsburgh

March 10, 2022

Port Authority of Allegheny County transit car No. 4011 is bound for Pittsburgh in this photo taken in Castle Shannon, Pennsylvania, in April 1990. PAT 4008 is waiting beside the Castle Shannon Administrative Building.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Turning on the Loop

February 16, 2022

Port Authority of Allegheny County (Pittsburgh) public transit car 4009 is rounding the PCC turn back loop in Castle Shannon, Pennsylvania, in the summer of 1999. Note the more modern transit car behind it.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

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 Transit Agency Gets FTA Grant

September 22, 2021

The Port Authority of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh will receive a $216.9 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration through its American Rescue Plan program.

The grant is part of more than $30 billion for public transportation in the American Rescue Plan Act, signed into law last March. No local share is required for this funding.

Pa. Transit Agencies to Increase Capacity

May 19, 2021

Public transit agencies in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia are increasing the capacity of trains and buses at the end of this month.

Pittsburgh’s Port Authority of Allegheny County said it will increase light rail and bus capacity on May 31 and lift all limits on June 20.

Limits will rise from 25 to 35 at the end of May. “What we’ve heard is some businesses may be starting to have workers come back to their offices,” a Port Authority spokesman said. “We want to be prepared for that when it occurs.”

The Philadelphia-based Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority will lift capacity limits on its trains and buses on June 1.

In a statement the agency said removing vehicle capacity limits to meet increased ridership demand is a major step in the region’s recovery.

The statement said that a mask requirement will remain in place.

Pittsburgh Transit Agency Eyes Car Replacement

March 9, 2021

A plan to replace aging light rail vehicles on Port Authority of Allegheny County rail lines in Pittsburgh is expected is take up five to eight years to complete.

The agency said recently the planning process to prepare specifications for new cars is expected to take nine months.

Replacement of the cars is projected to cost between $400 million to $500 million.

The Port Authority wants to replace its 53 Siemens-built cars that date to the opening of the light rail system in the mid-1980s.

Among the cars in the overall fleet are 28 cars built by CAF in the 2000s.

Some of the 35-year old cars may be rebuilt rather than replaced.

A Port Authority spokesman said the agency needs to determine which cars could be rebuilt but said some cars have too much wear and tear to make rebuilding feasible.

Pittsburgh Transit Agency Approves New Labor Pact

January 5, 2021

Pittsburgh’s transit agency has approved a new contract with the union representing its light-rail operators, maintenance and service personnel, administrative employees, and first-level supervisors.

The Port Authority of Allegheny County agreed to give members of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 85 a 2.75 percent wage increases in both years of the contract at a total cost of $7.8 million.

The contract changes the health insurance carrier for retirees who are at least 65 years old, which is expected to save the agency $10 million over the next two years.

The contract extends protections to non-operations employees who are assaulted while on duty, and includes various work rule changes that are expected to save the authority $1 million.

The contract is retroactive to July 1, 2020, and extends through June 30, 2022. The previous four-year contract expired June 30, 2020.

Pittsburgh Transit Workers Reach Tentative New Contract

November 19, 2020

Pittsburgh transit workers have reached a tentative new contract with the Port Authority of Allegheny County.

Officials of the Amalgamated Transit Union declined to release information on contract terms, but said it will cover 2,300 operators, maintenance workers and office staff.

The union’s previous contract with the Port Authority had expired on June 30.

Union members will now vote on the pact and it will then be presented to the Port Authority board.

Earlier statements by the union indicated that a stumbling block in reaching a new contract had been the length of the deal.

The union sought a three-year contract where the Port Authority was demanding a two-year deal with a re-opener for the third year.

The Port Authority had cited falling and uncertain ridership due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Ridership on Pittsburgh transit buses and light rail trains had fallen to 80 percent of 2019 levels but has since rebounded to 60 percent below last year.

Pittsburgh Light Rail Facility to get Upgrades

November 4, 2020

The Port Authority of Allegheny County has approved a plan to renovate its light rail maintenance facility in Pittsburgh.

The $11.2 million project will cover work that will take place over a 17-month period to renovate the 35-year-old facility.

The work will focus on maintenance pits, plumbing, and electricity, and be conducted over six phases.

It will include restoring concrete approaches and pits; replacing rails and supports; placing protective coating on the floor; modifying compressed air piping, drainage, and hot-water systems; and improving the electrical system and lighting.