Port Authority’s NEXTransit to Present Ideas to Improve Transit Countywide
The future of public transit in Allegheny County could include the expansion of the rapid transit network, and the creation of transportation hubs and community circulators, according to ideas generated from NEXTransit, Port Authority's long-range planning effort.
But first, the public must review the ideas to ensure they meet the needs of the community, and to help determine which projects should be prioritized.
Port Authority will host four public meetings to discuss these ideas at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Thursday, February 25, and at 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 2. Please visit https://NEXTransit.network/events, click here to register. Those without access to the internet can call 1-855-925-2801 and enter code 9120 to join any of the meetings at the specified time.
“We are so excited to be at this pivotal step in our long-range planning process," said Port Authority CEO Katharine Kelleman. "If implemented, these projects, programs and policies, would be transformative for individual communities and our region as a whole.”
Some of the ideas that will be presented at the meetings include:
• New high-capacity transit corridors to the North Hills, Pittsburgh International Airport, Hazelwood, Monroeville, the Allegheny Valley and McKeesport.
• Better on-street transit amenities to several corridors, including Second Avenue, State Route 837, Freeport Road, and McKnight Road
• Transit hubs throughout Allegheny County, including the Strip District, the North Hills, Edgewood, and Carnegie.
• Community circulators that feed into the high-frequency network and connect communities without needing to go downtown.
• Extensions of the light rail system
• Busway extensions
• Accelerated vehicle fuel diversification.
• Additional wayfinding and signage.
• Fare policies that support affordability and accessibility.
• A sidewalk accessibility program to make it easier for pedestrians to access the transit system.
Once the community helps prioritize what transit investments ought to be pursued, the project team will then ask for their input on how to pay for them. That phase of the study will begin in late spring.