Thanks to a federal TIGER grant East Liberty will soon be the home of a new $34 million multi-modal transit center. The planned infrastructure project will reconnect the busway with the neighborhood's street grid, and improve pedestrian and bicycle connections for transit riders.
Once raised to street level, the center will connect transit users to existing destinations along Centre and Penn Avenues in a more pedestrian-friendly manner, and will further improve connections between East Liberty and Shadyside. Design improvements will include expanded walkways and a new pedestrian bridge, as well as bicycle corrals and bicycle parking.
The East Liberty Transit Center will replace the current East Liberty Busway Station. City officials anticipate the project will spur more transit-oriented development in an area that has already benefited from numerous redevelopment projects in recent years.
The transit center is considered the centerpiece of the privately-funded, 10 1/2 acre Eastside III and IV developments, a project of the Mosites Company. Mosites’ earlier Eastside developments include Whole Foods, Trek of Pittsburgh, and several popular restaurants, among other businesses.
Mayor Ravenstahl’s Press Secretary Joanna Doven says spurring this type of privately-funded, transit oriented development is exactly the type of project these TIGER grants were designed to assist.
“Repurposing that bus station into a comprehensive transit center is a key factor in creating two new prime developments,” including Bakery Square 2.0 and Eastside III and IV, Doven says.
The City had applied for the $15 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation, TIGER IV discretionary grant program, back in March, and received the grant last week. Doven says the City hopes to break ground on the transit center in the spring of 2013.
Writer: Andrew Moore
Source: Joanna Doven