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More snarls possible on Rt. 28; weekend T service increasing

Written by Jon Schmitz on .

 

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The big traffic news this week is the new pattern taking effect on inbound Route 28 on Wednesday morning. It splits the two lanes near the 31st Street Bridge.

The left lane will take traffic to the North Shore and ramps to Interstate 579-Crosstown Boulevard and the Fort Duquesne and Fort Pitt bridges. All traffic in the right lane must exit at East Ohio Street.

During the changeover, inbound Route 28 will be reduced to a single lane from 8 p.m. Tuesday to 5 a.m. Wednesday, when the new pattern is scheduled to take effect.

A previous split of the inbound lanes during ongoing construction caused major backups, and PennDOT said this change also may lead to congestion as motorists hesitate about which lane to use. It urged drivers to allow others to merge.

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TsignAs part of the service adjustments that Port Authority is making on Sunday, weekend service on the Light Rail Transit system will increase significantly. There also are routing changes.

Blue Line-South Hills Village weekend service, which was eliminated in a round of service cuts in 2011, will return, with trips every 30 minutes for most of the day on Saturdays and Sundays.

Blue Line-Library will operate every 30 minutes for most of the day on Saturdays and Sundays. Under the old schedule, trips were generally 40 minutes apart on Saturdays and once an hour on Sundays. The number of Saturday trips will grow from 26 to 34; Sunday trips are increasing from the current 18 to 33.

Red Line trips generally will operate only as far south as Overbrook Junction on weekends. Service will operate every 15 minutes for most of the day (rather than the current 10 to 20 minutes). The number of trips increases from the current 61 to 71 on Saturdays and from the current 50 to 65 on Sundays.

The increase in service will allow the authority to eliminate Subway Local trains that were deployed on weekends during major events, serving only the section from South Hills Junction to Allegheny Station.

Riders can do their part to keep service on schedule on weekends by carrying ConnectCards rather than paying in cash. No one wants to sit at a stop or station for 10 minutes while exiting riders fumble with currency and coins. Find out more here.

These bus routes will have mostly minor changes effective on Sunday: 7 Spring Garden, 8 Perrysville, 38 Green Tree, 61D Murray, 68 Braddock Hills, P68 Braddock Hills Flyer and Y1 Large Flyer. Details can be found here.

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Just a reminder that the overnight lane closures for construction in the Squirrel Hill Tunnels last into the mid-morning on weekends. There was a big backup outbound at the tunnels on Saturday morning, which may have been made worse by a fender-bender. The schedule for overnight closures remains as follows:

 

Eastbound (outbound) single lane traffic
 - Weeknights (Monday through Thursday nights), 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
 - Weekends (Friday and Saturday nights), 11 p.m. to 10 a.m.

Westbound (inbound) single lane traffic
 - Weeknights (Monday through Thursday nights), 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.
 - Weekends (Friday and Saturday nights), 10 p.m. to 10 a.m.

 

 

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