Development & Transportation

We cover how people move about the region, as well as trends in housing and commercial development.

Katie Blackley / 90.5 WESA

People walking along Forbes and Fifth avenues, and Ross and Grant streets will start to have a clearer path with less scaffolding as restoration of the Allegheny County Courthouse roof passes the halfway point. 

City of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh’s Department of Permits, Licenses and Inspections opened a digital service counter Tuesday with the launch of online licensing on its site, OneStopPGH. Department director Maura Kennedy described it as a “sea change,” and another step to “completely modernize” development in the city.

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The ribbon has been cut on a mixed-use development in Squirrel Hill. Krause Commons was developed on the former site of Poli’s Restaurant, which closed in 2005.

Margaret J. Krauss / 90.5 WESA

Pittsburgh delivers on sweeping views: hill views, river views, bridge views. Traveling toward Bloomfield across its eponymous bridge, for instance, reveals houses perched carefully on the lip of Skunk Hollow, standing shoulder-to-shoulder in neat rows and a convergence of the bridge, Main Street and Liberty Avenue: the Bloomfield Gateway.

Now, a view that hasn’t changed much over the last few decades could look dramatically different.

URA

Executive Director Robert Rubinstein announced Tuesday he would leave his current post at the Urban Redevelopment Authority. A spokesperson said he is doing so for personal reasons.

New Focus On Ride-Hailing Safety, Fake Drivers After Student's Death

Apr 8, 2019
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Whenever Rachel Orden calls for an Uber, the 20-year-old Michigan State University sophomore immediately walks to the back of the vehicle to check the license plate number, then opens the door and waits for the driver to say her name before getting in.

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The Pennsylvania Turnpike got some rare good news on Thursday.

Gene J. Puskar / AP

Pittsburgh has been lauded as a "most livable city," but a 2018 survey from the University of Pittsburgh found perceptions of quality of life vary based on race. How do we bring diverse communities together to create a city that is better for all? 

Liz Reid / 90.5 WESA

The addition of a food-grade chemical called orthophosphate to Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority’s distribution system is expected to lower lead levels for its 300,000 consumers within months. The change on Monday comes nearly three years after PWSA first exceeded the federal action level for lead in drinking water.

Margaret J. Krauss / 90.5 WESA

Nothing builds camaraderie like joining forces in a sticky situation. 

Margaret J. Krauss / 90.5 WESA

Hazelwood Green has some of the most buttery pavement in Pittsburgh, and for the first time today that smooth ride is open to the public.

Margaret J. Krauss / 90.5 WESA

After months of beta testing, Port Authority of Allegheny County launched its new website today

Margaret J. Krauss / 90.5 WESA

Being spit on, slapped, sucker-punched, and threatened with guns were just a few of the violations endured by Port Authority of Allegheny County drivers between January 2015 and January 2019. 

Margaret J. Krauss / 90.5 WESA

PennDOT is budgeting $20 million for landslide remediation in the coming year, District 11 executive Cheryl Moon-Sirianni told The Confluence Tuesday. The sum is more than three times more than their current line item allocation.

Liz Reid / 90.5 WESA

It’s not easy getting older: the wear and tear, the aches and pains; gravity is nobody’s friend. But the historic Produce Terminal in Pittsburgh’s Strip District just got a new lease on life: after five years of negotiations, developer McCaffery Interests has started renovation work.

Margaret J. Krauss / 90.5 WESA

This spring, Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority will embark on a massive new infrastructure project to replace its small water mains.

State's Top Auditor Says Turnpike On 'Road To Ruin'

Mar 21, 2019
Carolyn Kaster / AP

The state's fiscal watchdog is warning the Pennsylvania Turnpike is on a "road to ruin" unless lawmakers intervene.

Governor Tom Wolf / Flickr

Gov. Tom Wolf is pitching his plan to finance a multibillion-dollar capital plan by taxing Marcellus Shale natural gas production as a way to help Pennsylvania schools clean up environmental health hazards.

'Hyperloop' Cargo From Philly To Pittsburgh? Officials Say It's Not That Far-Fetched

Mar 18, 2019
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Commercial goods packed in giant capsules and moving in vacuum-sealed steel tubes at nearly supersonic speeds from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh?

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Pittsburgh’s Housing Opportunity Fund won approval for a new program: emergency rental assistance. The initiative was one of many greenlit by the board of the Urban Redevelopment Authority on Thursday.

Kathleen J. Davis / 90.5 WESA

Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority wants to replace lead service lines for families with moderate and low incomes.

Gene J. Puskar / AP

Norfolk Southern wants to raise several rail bridges so it can run taller, double-stack trains from the North Side through Downtown and eastern suburbs, similar to those already chugging through the South Side. The rail company says that area is too congested and prone to landslides.

Gensler

After more than ten years of negotiations, plans and delays, the Pittsburgh Penguins intend to break ground on the 28-acre Lower Hill project in fall 2019.

Matt Nemeth / 90.5 WESA

Calls for investment in digital infrastructure have increased across the country. More than one-third of people in rural areas lack access to high-speed internet. 

Margaret J. Krauss / 90.5 WESA

Transit agencies across the state are facing budget shortfalls because of pending litigation against a state agency. Each year, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission sends $450 million to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to support mass transit, but two groups have alleged that the set-up is illegal.

Sarah Kovash / 90.5 WESA

An executive order signed by Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto on Monday outlines objectives and expectations for the safe testing of autonomous vehicles in the city. 

Sarah Kovash / 90.5 WESA

Pennsylvania residents planning to travel travel domestically by plane or enter federal facilities will soon need an updated identification card called a Real ID. Starting this month, Real IDs will be available for Pennsylvanians online, at PennDOT Driver's License Centers or at Real ID centers.

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Preliminary data presented in an annual report from the Governors Highway Safety Association found that pedestrian deaths across the nation have increased by more than a third, even as all other traffic-related deaths have declined.

Katie Blackley / 90.5 WESA

Allegheny River Boulevard hugs the southern bank of its namesake waterway, carrying travelers between Pittsburgh’s Highland Park neighborhood to the borough of Oakmont. But the road includes distinct architectural features that make it different from others.

Governor Tom Wolf was in Bridgeville Thursday to tout his Restore Pennsylvania plan, which he said could generate $4.5 billion for infrastructure investments across the state over the next four years.

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