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Port Authority Opens Reconstructed East Liberty Station in Pittsburgh; $150 Million Station to Anchor Area Development

Pittsburgh Mayor ­William Peduto and FTA Region 3 Administrator Terry ­Garcia Crews were among the participants at ceremonies Oct. 14 to relaunch the Port Authority of Allegheny County’s rebuilt East Liberty Station on the ­Martin Luther King Jr. East Busway.

The intermodal, public transit-oriented center is at the center of the East Liberty Transit Revitalization Investment District (TRID), a development made possible by the Pennsylvania TRID Act of 2004. This legislation offers municipalities, public transit agencies and developers a flexible approach to plan for and implement TOD that supports local ­economic improvement goals and encourages innovative financing methods, including public-private partnerships.

“This $150-plus million project is about more than East Liberty; it creates the platform from which we can leverage greater investments in affordability. It gives East Liberty the opportunity to flourish while providing a unique opportunity to rebuild neighborhoods next door,” the mayor said at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Garcia Crews called the project “a great example of how public-private partners can successfully work together to produce a project that reconnects communities and neighborhoods,” adding that FTA awarded a $15 million TIGER IV grant to the project in 2012.

The transit center project, which required nearly 20 funding sources to complete and is built on six acres of unused public and private land, includes a reconstructed transit station, 3,000 square feet of mixed commercial space, 360 units of market-rate housing, a 554-space shared-use parking facility, a new street connection, a new pedestrian bridge, a 120-space bike garage, lighting, sidewalks and other access ways, landscaping and plaza facilities that connect Penn Avenue public transit users to the MLK Jr. East Busway facilities.

The ribbon-cutting represents the culmination of substantially completed work at the East Liberty Station that will eventually result in a new street connection to be called “Spirit Street,” also made possible by the TIGER grant.

Participants in the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the East Liberty Station include Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto, seventh from left; Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald; FTA Regional Administrator Terry Garcia Crews; and Allegheny County Director of Economic Development and Port Authority of Allegheny County Chairman Robert Hurley, fourth from right.

Photo by Heather Mull
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