Rapid Bus Project Connecting Downtown Oakland Will Cost More Than Initially Thought – WPXI

Bus Rapid Transit project connecting downtown Oakland will cost more than initially thought

PITTSBURGH — A new loop from Oakland to downtown will help cut bus rider trips in half as Pittsburgh Regional Transit moves forward with a new $250 million project.

The project is designed to help connect Oakland and parts of Uptown and downtown Pittsburgh, shortening the commute for city residents.

The Bus Rapid Transit, or BRT, project will have bus-only lanes along its service routes, new pedestrian facilities, new shelters and ramps.

The project will eventually connect the new loop to several East End communities. The project will use more than $100 million in federal funds, $19 million from the US bailout and $12 million from the city council.

The project is expected to begin next year and is expected to be completed in phases.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates as more information becomes available.

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