The City of Pittsburgh today began installing 50 bike racks Downtown as part of a strategy to install more racks in business districts.
More than 150 racks have been installed from South Side to Bloomfield, and there are now more than 500 city-installed racks around town, according to Mayor Luke Ravenstahl's office.
“From installing green bike lanes [on Liberty Avenue in Bloomfield] and launching a citywide bike-share system, to increasing the number of bike racks, lanes and on-street corrals — we continue to work to make Pittsburgh a world-class, bike-friendly city,” Ravenstahl said in a press release.
The mayor's office says inverted "U" racks will be installed Downtown based on demand and supply. The racks cost $100 and also will also be installed in Lawrenceville and Squirrel Hill.
Service on Port Authority buses will be "extensively detoured" this weekend due to street closures for the Dick's Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon and related events, the transit agency announced today.
Additional service will also be implemented on the busways, inclines and light-rail systems for runners to get to the downtown starting line.
The agency will detour approximately 50 buses from the start of service and until about 3 p.m. during the full marathon. Riders should anticipate delays and allow for extra time.
Here's some more information from an advisory the agency sent out today:
— In Downtown, buses will be rerouted to stops near Steel Plaza T station, where riders may transfer to the T for free. Routes normally serving Squirrel Hill and Oakland will not serve Oakland during the marathon, but a free shuttle will be available to take riders between the neighborhoods. Riders heading to Children’s Hospital from Downtown can use the rerouted 64 Lawrenceville-Waterfront bus route, since the 88 Penn won't reach the hospital because of street closures.
— Additional, smaller detours will be in effect in Downtown and on the North Side on Friday and Saturday for marathon events.
— On Sunday, light rail service will begin around 4 a.m. and both inclines will open at 5 a.Riders should anticipate delays and allow for extra time.
For more information, visit the authority's marathon information page, or call Customer Service at 412-442-2000 (TTY 412-231-7007).
Light-rail service on the Red Line will be detoured occasionally through the spring and summer for track repairs in Beechview.
The authority will perform rail work on the following weekends:
• April 27-28 (inbound)
• May 11-12 (inbound)
• May 18-19 (inbound)
• July 20-21 (direction to be announced)
• July 27-28 (if needed)
The T will detour between Overbrook Junction and South Hills Junction on the scheduled weekends. During the work, service to Red Line stops will be provided by detoured Red Line service, bus shuttles and local light-rail shuttles.
For this coming weekend, inbound Red Line service will use the regular route from South Hills Village to Overbrook Junction/Willow, then detour via the Blue Line’s routing until South Hills Junction. Inbound light rail shuttles will run from Overbrook Junction to Potomac Station, and inbound T stops from Potomac to South Hills Junction/Station Square will be served by bus shuttles. Outbound Red Line will be regular route.
The repair schedule is subject to weather and other factors. The authority will release detour information prior to each weekend closure. The agency cautions riders to allow for extra time when traveling through the detours.
For more information, visit the authority's website, or call Customer Service at 412-442-2000 (TTY 412-231-7007).
A portion of the East Busway will be closed this weekend for construction, affecting the P1 East Busway-All Stops route.
Closures begin midnight, Sat., April 13, and will end early Monday morning. The P1 will be detoured from Downtown through East Liberty during the construction. It will not serve Penn, Herron, Negley or East Liberty stations and will use Bigelow Boulevard, Baum Boulevard and Penn Avenue between Downtown and the busway ramp at Port Authority’s East Liberty bus garage. Temporary stops will be located near the stations: Bigelow at Herron, Baum at Roup/Negley and Penn near the East Liberty Target.
A full list of detours can be found here.
The Port Authority suggests P1 riders allow for extra travel time during the detour.
For more information, visit the Port Authority's website, or call Customer Service at 412-442-2000 or for TTY, 412-231-7007.
Do you like bicycling in Pittsburgh? Do you want to learn more about it, the gear and riding opportunities? Then check out the Pittsburgh Cycling Expo.
The expo will be held Sun., April 7, at the IBEW Circuit Center, 5 Hot Metal St., South Side. All proceeds benefit the Montour Trail.
Per the event's website, the event is for " bicycle enthusiasts, recreational bicyclists and anyone who has an interest in bicycling." Vendors and local bike shops will be on display, and there will be events like trail updates, a session on the incoming bike share program and organized rides. There will also be a fashion show.
A complete schedule can be found on the expo's website; an organized trail ride near the event site begins at 9 a.m. (contact ride leader Kevin Craig for more information at 412-708-4918). The expo opens at 10 a.m. with a $5 donation.
The Port Authority board of directors today voted to temporarily increase the salary of interim CEO Ellen McLean.
McLean's salary will increase from $138,000 to $167,500, and remain until a permanent agency chief is in place. Authority board chair Jeff Letwin proposed the raise because McLean is balancing her job as CFO and interim CEO and doing both well.
McLean has been leading the agency since the ouster of former CEO Steve Bland in February.
The agency retained a search firm to conduct a national search for a CEO and Letwin says he doesn't believe the job has been posted yet. He says there have been no candidates proposed so far.
"There's no set time-frame," he says. "We want to have a thoughtful process to get it right."
The Port Authority has announced detours and temporary stop changes for approximately 45 routes serving Downtown and the Strip District on Saturday for the St. Patrick's Day Parade.
The full list of temporary route and stop changes can be found here.
Here's a quick snapshot of the changes from the authority:
— Routes serving the Strip District will be detoured as early as 7:30 a.m., with other detours around 9 a.m. Regular stops and routing should be restored around 2:30 p.m.
— During the parade, South Side/South Hills bus routes will terminate at Station Square, where riders can catch the T for free into downtown. Second Avenue bus service will terminate at First Avenue T Station and Oakland/Hill District/Penn Hills routes will terminate near Steel Plaza T Station. All T rides within Downtown are free.
— The 28X Airport Flyer will not serve Downtown during the parade. Riders may take the T to Station Square to catch the detoured 28X. P1 East Busway-All Stops riders must pick up their route at Penn Station during the parade.
For more info, visit the Port Authority's website, or call Customer Service at 412-442-2000 or the TTY number, 412-231-7007.
And if you're driving into the area, or planning to hit the South Side for festivities, the city will open one of its parking lots for free, in addition to running a free shuttle from noon to 4 a.m. More details can be found here.
Planning to take part in St. Patty's Day festivities Saturday in the South Side? Well, if you're looking for somewhere to park in the crowded entertainment district, you're in luck: Mayor Luke Ravenstahl announced today free parking and shuttle service for the day.
A free shuttle will operate from noon, Sat. March 16, to 4 a.m. Sun., March 17, in 15 minute intervals between Second Avenue, Downtown, and the East Carson Street Corridor, South Side. Parking will also be free in the Pittsburgh Parking Authority's Second Avenue lot at the 10th Street Bridge, where the shuttle will operate down the Carson Street corridor to the South Side Works. There will be five taxi stands and 10 shuttle stops along the route and the lot has 800 spaces.
The pilot program is an initiative of the Pittsburgh Sociable City Plan as part of the city's contract with the Responsible Hospitality Institute to manage nightlife in the South Side.
A map of the shuttle route and taxi stands can be found here.
Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that a bike share program — in which users are given a key or code to access a bicycle at parked at solar-powered docking stations at any time i— will include 500 bikes for point-to-point trips across the city.
Passes for the system will range from annual, monthly, three-day and 24-hour and users can use an app called Spotcycle to determine if a bike or empty dock is available at a station.
The Pittsburgh Bike Share is expected to cost $3 million, and is a result of a public-private partnership between the city, Bakery Square, BikePGH and Alta Planning and Design. To date, according to the mayor's office, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has provided a $1.6 million grant while project organizers are securing a $400,000 match from foundations and $1 million from corporate sponsors.
Two public information-sharing meetings are currently scheduled:
6 p.m. Tues., April 2, McKenna-Peter-Wright Rooms, 2nd Floor of the University Center, 5302 Forbes Ave., Carnegie-Mellon University, Oakland; and noon Wed., April 3, Lawrence Hall Ballroom, 201 Wood St., Point Park University, Downtown.
The event Saturday will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. at Assemble, 5125 Penn Ave., Garfield. Those interested should bring a poster board and/or a box. Art supplies will be provided.
Participants will craft buses out of materials to be used in the "Rumble in the Rotunda" rally Monday. Buses from Pittsburgh will leave at 7:30 a.m. from Freedom Corner in the Hill District and outside the Hillman Library in Oakland to head to Harrisburg on Monday. Spots are still available and registration is open until noon, Saturday.
You can register for the bus rally here. Or, to register by phone, call PPT Community Organizer Helen Gerhardt at 412-518-7387.
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