How 'rapid bus' might look in Oakland

Written by Jon Schmitz on .

It will take years to develop Bus Rapid Transit service between Downtown Pittsburgh and Oakland, with connections to Shadyside and Squirrel Hill, but visions of what the service might look like are emerging.

At community meetings in Oakland and East Liberty (with two more still to come, see below), the consulting company Parsons Brinckerhoff has presented a series of options for the Fifth and Forbes avenue corridor from Downtown to Oakland.

In a nutshell, all of the options would create reserved lanes for inbound and outbound buses, along with bike lanes (and, of course, car lanes), seeking a “complete street” configuration. Whether the bus lanes would be side-by-side on Forbes or Fifth or at the curbs and whether they would flow with auto traffic or against it varies from plan to plan.

Here’s one option that would put all Oakland buses on Fifth and create a bike line on Forbes.



Two public meetings remain and input from citizens may influence how the service is configured. They are from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, UPMC Mercy, Sister Ferdinand Clark Auditorium, 1400 Locust St., Uptown; and 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, Elsie H. Hillman Auditorium at Kaufmann Center (next to the Hill House), 1825 Centre Ave., Hill District.

More information about the project and groups that support it is available at

Road work updates:

Inspection of the ramp from the Birmingham Bridge to Forbes Avenue will cause lane closures and traffic shifts at times from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Deer Run Road in Aleppo and Glenfield will have alternating one-way traffic during milling and paving that starts Wednesday, weather permitting. The restriction will be in place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays through Oct. 19 between Kilbuck Street and Redgate Road.

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