Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Downtown to Oakland
Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) connects Downtown to Oakland and is one of the largest current transit projects in Pennsylvania. The project will provide higher quality, reliable transit service between the region’s two major employment centers and residential communities to the east.
Downtown to Oakland
The URA, in cooperation with the Port Authority of Allegheny County, the City of Pittsburgh, and Allegheny County, is proposing to develop a new BRT project between downtown Pittsburgh and Oakland along Fifth and Forbes Avenues. The BRT would then extend eastward, to several neighborhoods in the East End of Pittsburgh.
The project would provide higher quality, reliable transit service between the region’s two major employment centers (downtown Pittsburgh and Oakland) and the residential communities to the east.
The project includes changes to both physical infrastructure and transit operations along the Downtown-Uptown-Oakland portion of the corridor. Changes to transit operations in the East End of the corridor will link Highland Park, Squirrel Hill, and the East Busway to the BRT system. The project will include:
- 40 stations/pairs (80 platforms) with enhanced/branded stations
- Dedicated transit lanes
- Transit signal priority
- Curb bump-outs
- A real-time bus arrival information system
- The purchase of 25 branded battery electric articulated buses and the rebranding of 34 diesel buses.
- Developer: Port Authority of Allegheny County and City of Pittsburgh
- Community Partner: This project has been developed with input and support from a diverse network of community organizations, businesses, institutions, and individual residents throughout the corridor. The BRT project has received over 20 letters of support.
- Total Development Costs: $195,500,000
- URA Role: Application and administration of a $100,000,000 Small Starts grant from Federal Transit Administration