Projects

Below is a brief summary of projects that are consistent with and contribute to the implementation of Allegheny Places:

PLANNING

  • Allegheny County Stormwater Management Plan – The proposed Allegheny County Stormwater Management Plan is complete (County SWMP). Pending adoption by Allegheny County and approval by the PADEP, the County SWMP should take effect by the end of 2017. The County SWMP accomplishes an important goal of AlleghenyPlaces. In the AlleghenyPlaces Environmental Resources plan, the impact of uncontrolled and poorly controlled stormwater management was recognized as a equity issue:

    Communities at the bottom of watersheds in flood-prone areas experience declines in property values and a discouraging cycle of personal property damage.

    AlleghenyPlaces recommended that stormwater management planning should be completed on a county-wide basis, as the most equitable and feasible way to help protect all the County’s citizens, communities, and businesses. Once the county SWMP is in place, all municipalities in Allegheny County will have the tools they need to manage stormwater runoff from new development and redevelopment safely and efficiently.

    The County SWMP is currently available on the project webpage at www.AlleghenyCountySWMP.com. After it takes effect it will be available in the Allegheny County eLibrary.

  • Allegheny County Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) – The Allegheny County HMP is the County's strategy for reducing loss of life and property from hazards. The 2015 HMP Update has been completed and approved by FEMA, pending adoption by all participating municipalities. The deadline for adoption is February of 2017, when the current HMP expires. Municipalities that have not yet adopted the 2015 Update should do so immediately. Municipalities that do not have a current, adopted HMP will not be eligible for disaster relief assistance from FEMA or PEMA. Visit here for more information.

TRANSPORTATION

  • Bus Rapid Transit
    Allegheny County, the City of Pittsburgh, the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh, and the Port Authority of Allegheny County are continuing efforts to improve transit within a corridor encompassing Downtown Pittsburgh, Uptown, Oakland, and other East End neighborhoods. Over the past year, project sponsors have been evaluating options for a bus rapid transit project’s alignment and bus service operations. In Spring 2017, the team conducted meetings with stakeholders and the general public to obtain feedback on the proposed options. Based on that input, a locally preferred alternative will be selected in the near future and the preliminary engineering phase will begin. The future corridor may include improvements such as frequent transit service, a simple route structure, exclusive bus lanes, enhanced stops and stations, and special vehicles among others. Information about the project and upcoming meetings can be found on the Port Authority website.
  • Three Rivers Heritage Trail Connector – Planning and Construction Underway
    Allegheny County was successful in obtaining a grant to construct bike lanes and shared travel lanes across the length of Neville Island. In addition, the grant is allowing planners to finalize the bike route through Stowe Township and McKees Rocks Borough. When completed, the link will connect to the City of Pittsburgh on the southern end and Coraopolis on the northern end. At Coraopolis, the connector will provide access to the Ohio River Trail, the Montour Trail, and the new Sports and Athletics Complex at Montour Junction (a new County park). The Neville Island section is under construction and is expected to open in Summer 2017.

    On the Three Rivers Heritage Trail along the Allegheny River, Shaler Township received a grant to design the section of the trail from its current terminus in Millvale Borough to the future riverfront park in Etna Borough. This section is a critical piece in developing a trail system that will eventually extend to Freeport, PA and link 17 municipalities along the Allegheny River in Allegheny County. The design project is expected to begin in Summer 2017.

  • CSX Intermodal Freight Rail System
    CSX held a groundbreaking in December 2015 for its new 70-acre intermodal facility in McKees Rocks Borough and Stowe Township. CSX has invested more than $60 million to redevelop a former Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Rail Yard. The new facility will connect shippers to CSX's extensive intermodal freight rail system, including the National Gateway corridor which facilitates the shipping of doublestack containers between the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic ports. The facility is expected to open in late summer 2017.
  • Regional Transportation Alliance
    The Regional Transportation Alliance (RTA) is a public-private partnership formed in 2015 to facilitate a discussion about the region’s long-term vision for transportation. Over an 18-month period, the RTA surveyed and talked to more than 500 businesses, organizations, elected officials, and other stakeholders about the existing transportation challenges that people face and how the transportation system can better address its needs in the future. The process resulted in the development of seven guiding principles for a better transportation future along with at least 50 ideas worth considering for future implementation. The RTA’s Imagine Transportation 2.0 was released in March 2017. Over the next year the partnership will conduct outreach to obtain feedback on the vision and develop new partnerships for advancing the vision. More information about the RTA can be found at: http://www.regionaltransportationalliance.org/.
  • Port Authority of Allegheny County Annual Service Report 2016
    In 2015, Port Authority of Allegheny County (PAAC) instituted an annual process to evaluate the efficiency, effectiveness, and equity of its services. Metrics such as number of passengers per hour, cost per passenger, walking access, on-time performance, and an equity index are computed to assess the overall system’s performance during a year while each individual route is evaluated based on its adherence to service guidelines such as time in service, stop spacing, and riders per hour. This process is utilized to improve existing services as well as to evaluate proposed service changes. PAAC’s 2016 service report can be found at: http://www.portauthority.org/paac/CompanyInfoProjects/SurveysandReports.aspx.

GREENWAYS

  • Turtle Creek Rail Trail Completion – A regional trail is nearing completion, creating a linked greenway and trail system in Allegheny and Westmoreland Counties. Named for the creek it runs beside, the Turtle Creek Rail Trail encompasses 9.5 miles of abandoned rail corridor from Trafford to Export. It is part of the Regional Trail Corporation network, and extends the Westmoreland Heritage Trail into Allegheny County through Monroeville. An Allegheny County CITF grant was awarded for engineering design and site preparation work in Monroeville. PennDOT and DCNR grants funded trail construction from Trafford to Murrysville. Planning for a future trail connection to the Great Allegheny Passage is underway.

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