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Pittsburgh bus rapid transit project may face empty federal well

Written by Jon Schmitz on .

 

Transportation Issues Daily has some not-so-good news for the Pittsburgh bus rapid transit project.

“Congress is increasingly unable to provide adequate funding for federally-approved larger-scale mass transit capital projects,” TID reports.

Just under $1.9 billion is available; the Federal Transit Administration has signed funding agreements for 17 projects for $14 billion and 12 projects in development are seeking $8.7 billion.

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Highways and Transit subcommittee said:

“Given these demands on program funding, projects that have completed the applicable requirements of the New Starts program may face delays in securing grant agreements or receiving their full grant amounts.”

Pittsburgh BRT backers were hoping to apply for New Starts funding next fall.

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Port Authority will host its annual Toys for Tots drive in Downtown Pittsburgh on Friday. New, unwrapped toys and cash donations will be collected from 5:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Steel Plaza T Station, on the mezzanine level. Q92.9 FM will broadcast live from Steel Plaza during the toy drive. Those who donate a toy or cash will receive a complimentary cup of coffee from Crazy Mocha.

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Ohio’s General Assembly has expanded the state’s “move over” law that requires drivers to shift out of the adjacent lane when emergency vehicles are on the shoulder. The new law also requires drivers to move over for “construction, maintenance and public utilities commission vehicles that are parked on the roadside with flashing, oscillating or rotating lights.”

Pennsylvania’s move-over law applies to emergency responders, towing and recovery personnel and highway maintenance and construction workers.

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While we’re talking laws, Pennsylvania requires motorists to remove all snow or ice from vehicles. Quite a few drivers apparently still think it’s OK to carve a few portholes on the windows and hit the road. Unfortunately, the law provides for fines only if falling ice or snow causes a crash with serious injury or death.

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menatworkTraffic on Route 28 will be restricted to a single lane in both directions for the next two evenings. The restriction will be in place from East Ohio Street to about a quarter-mile south of the 31st Street Bridge starting at 8 p.m. today and Friday as work continues on the $15.4 million final phase of Route 28 construction. The restrictions will be lifted by 5 a.m. The outbound lane closure will be delayed on Friday until two hours after the end of the Penguins game.

Bull Creek Bridge No. 9 on Dawson Road in West Deer will reopen to traffic at 5 p.m. today. A rehabilitation project on two bridges began in mid-September. The second phase, rehabilitation of Bull Creek Bridge No. 6 on Thompson Road in Fawn, is expected to close that road in February.

Mobile signs are advertising a closure of Washington Boulevard in the city's Larimer section this weekend. The closure has been postponed.

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