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The streetcar makes a comeback, but not in Pittsburgh

Written by Jon Schmitz on .

 

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This one should bring tears to Pittsburghers’ eyes. The Associated Press reports that streetcars are making a comeback in cities across the nation. Pittsburgh’s extensive streetcar network slowly disappeared over the last half-century, and road rebuilding projects typically included ripping out the old tracks, most recently on West Liberty Avenue, where they were buried beneath the asphalt.

If only we’d known.

The AP story is here.

For a nice history of Pittsburgh streetcar service, go here.

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Schedules for 16 Port Authority bus and light rail routes will be adjusted on Nov. 24, as is done four times a year. New timetables will go into effect for routes detoured by the ongoing West Carson Street reconstruction. Information on the changes, including links to new schedules, is now posted here.

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Need a ride? More and more people are going car-free with the help of services like Zipcar, the short-term rental outfit that now has about 50 vehicles deployed in 11 neighborhoods throughout the Pittsburgh area. Customers can rent by the hour, starting at $10.25, or reserve one for a day for $71, which includes gas, insurance, roadside service and 180 miles of driving. For more, go here.

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This one slipped by us a while ago but if you were wondering, the Pocusset Street closure at the Greenfield Avenue Bridge in Pittsburgh is indefinite, caused by road stability issues. This is one of those projects that might go forward if the Legislature passes a transportation funding bill.

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