Forbes Avenue…, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from Aidan Wakely-Mulroney’s photostream

Port Authority of Allegheny County has announced five Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Layout Workshops in June. They’ll be held for the neighborhoods of Oakland (2 dates), Uptown, Greenfield/Squirrel Hill, and Downtown starting today. The stated purpose of these meetings is to give updates on the status of BRT planning, answer questions about the planning process, and collect input on station placement and street design.

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is a system that combines the efficiency of rail rapid transit with the low cost and flexibility of buses. According to the Port Authority website:

After careful consideration and review of public input, the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) option that connects Downtown Pittsburgh with Uptown, Oakland, and Wilkinsburg via the East Busway, and includes branches to Squirrel Hill and Highland Park has been selected as the Locally Preferred Alternative for which funding will be sought.

As the longest and most comprehensive option, the selection of the “Core+2” option will link more than 30,000 people across 24 neighborhoods via rapid, frequent, and more reliable service that’s as fast and comfortable as light rail, but could be built much sooner and at a fraction of the cost.

Details such as funding sources and transit station locations will be addressed in coming months as planning for the rapid network continues.

For more information on BRT planning, including downloadable poster for each meeting, please click here. According to their website, more dates and locations will be announced for these workshops.

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Layout Workshop: Oakland
When: Monday, June 19, 2017 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Where: Oakland Career Center, 294 Semple Street

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Layout Workshop: Uptown
When: Tuesday, June 20, 2017 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Where: NeighborWorks WPA, 710 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1000

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Layout Workshop: Greenfield + Squirrel Hill
When: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Where: JCC of Greater Pittsburgh, 5738 Forbes Avenue

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Layout Workshop: Downtown
When: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Where: Trust Arts Education Center, 805-807 Liberty Avenue

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Layout Workshop: Oakland
When: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 8:30 – 10:00 am
Where: Kresge Center, 5th Floor, University Commons, Carlow University, 3333 Fifth Avenue