LACMTA Metro Liner #9495 002, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from L.A. Urban Soul’s photostream

In a March editorial, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette declared it was time to bring on Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) — a system that combines the efficiency of rail rapid transit with the low cost and flexibility of buses:

Better connecting the city’s neighborhoods, particularly Downtown and Oakland, is critically important to Pittsburgh’s future. The city, Allegheny County and the Port Authority are moving in the right direction with their decision Thursday to file an application with federal officials for construction of a bus rapid transit system.

In a sense, officials have no course but to pursue the BRT system. The city simply won’t keep up with businesses’ or residents’ needs if it continues to let drivers stew in traffic jams, the chief alternative being diesel-powered buses that crawl along Forbes and Fifth avenues, stopping at virtually every traffic light and weaving in and out of traffic to make pickups and dropoffs.

Now, you have the opportunity to make your voice heard where in Oakland the proposed BRT line will operate and where the BRT should go. There are several ways you can participate:

1) Attend a Community Presentation with Allegheny County, City of Pittsburgh, and Port Authority of Allegheny County.
When: Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Bricolage Production Company, 937 Liberty Avenue, Downtown Pittsburgh, PA 15222

2) Participate in a Public Meeting to give your feedback and review the options.
When: Wednesday, April 5 from noon to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Connolly Ballroom Alumni Hall, University of Pittsburg, 4227 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

3) Take an Online Survey at the Port Authority website @
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/busrapidtransit

For more information on this project, please visit www.portauthority.org. You can download an event flyer here. You can also hear Mayor Peduto talk about BRT plan and its unique roll in the overall transportation strategy for Pittsburgh here.