Bus Rapid Transit--Port Authority of Allegheny County

Pittsburgh is one of the cities selected to participate in the FTA Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Demonstration Program. This project provides technical assistance to the Port Authority of Allegheny County (Port Authority) for data collection to evaluate the Port Authority development and implementation of the successful West Busway BRT project, which opened in September 2000. Its quick and convenient access to and from downtown Pittsburgh made West Busway an immediate success. The project also supports Port Authority participation in the National BRT Consortium activities, including forums for peer-to-peer information sharing, specialty workshops, and other professional activities. The Pittsburgh West Busway is the latest addition to the Port Authority's successful system of bus rapid transit that began with the South Busway in 1977, and then with the Martin Luther King Jr. East Busway in 1983. Currently the West Busway serves approximately 40,000 riders each week, projected to increase. West Busway is a 5-mile long exclusive bus right-of-way, constructed along an abandoned railroad right-of-way. It has six ADA-accessible stations with 24-hour lighting, and will include six park-and-ride lots with over 2,500 spaces. The Port Authority's multi-faceted BRT system currently in operation features improved methods of operation, better service levels and travel time savings on all four busways.


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  • Status: Active
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Transit Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  USA  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Chambers, Irving

  • Performing Organizations:

    Port Authority of Allegheny County

    345 Sixth Avenue
    Pittsburgh, PA  USA  15222-2527
  • Principal Investigators:

    Williams, Cathy

  • Start Date: 20010500
  • Actual Completion Date: 20030400
  • Source Data: RiP Project 7265

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01459343
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Federal Transit Administration
  • Contract Numbers: FTA-PA-26-7011
  • Files: RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:01PM