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Port Authority Opens Reconstructed Red Line

The Port Authority of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh reopened the light rail Red Line between Fallowfield and Potomac stations on Sept. 25, following the successful completion of a rail reconstruction project that closed the line for six months.

“Addressing our capital needs ensures our riders the service reliability they expect and deserve,” said Port Authority Chief Executive Officer Ellen McLean.

The $8.4 million project allowed the agency to replace nearly one mile of embedded tracks and street pavement in the center lanes of a main thoroughfare. The section had come to the end of its useful life and needed to be replaced before the condition of the track worsened. Port Authority worked with community members and business owners and condensed the work into two phases during a single construction season.

The Red Line transports more than 12,000 people each day from the county’s South Hills area into Downtown Pittsburgh. During construction, Port Authority provided several alter­natives for riders, including a special rail shuttle and shuttle buses to operating rail stations.

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, fourth from left, and Port Authority CEO Ellen McLean, center, join local and state officials and agency board members at the reopening of the Red Line.

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