PRT University Line construction underway, and major service changes implemented impacting routes 61D, 71A, 71C, 71D, and more

Did you know that you can follow along with construction progress related to the University Line? Pittsburgh Regional Transit's latest project updates are shared weekly on the PRT-BRT Newshub here.

The latest November 27 update highlights:

  1. Overnight work at Fifth and Liberty began 11/28 for a 4-day period between 5:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.
  2. A second work-site was setup on Sixth Avenue between Grant & Ross St, reducing traffic to a single lane in each direction (as shown in picture) with pedestrian access maintained on both sides of the street. Exploratory excavation for water main installation has begun and the detour will remain in effect 24/7 through end of December.
  3. The Fifth Avenue work-site between Market St & Liberty Ave adjacent to Triangle Park continues with construction activities to finalize water main installation, with overnight work necessary to minimize water service disruptions through Friday 12/1. The travel lane adjacent to Triangle Park is open, though the center lane and the lane adjacent to Market Square are closed. Construction in this area is expected to be completed very soon.

In case you missed it: Major service changes were implemented on Sunday, October 1, to make room for construction on the University Line and accommodate continued Operator shortages. Routes 61D-Murray, 71A-Negley, 71C-Point Breeze, and 71D-Hamilton now end their inbound trips in Oakland and no longer serve Uptown or Downtown.

Riders who previously took any of these routes beyond Oakland are now able to take the 61A-North Braddock, 61B-Braddock-Swissvale, 61C-McKeesport-Homestead, 67-Monroeville, 69-Trafford, or 71B-Highland Park routes, or can transfer to these routes from their usual 61D, 71A, 71C, or 71D routes when they reach Oakland. Transfers are free for three hours with a ConnectCard or mobile ticket.

To help support these changes, trips were added to the 82-Lincoln, 87-Friendship, and P7-McKeesport Flyer which share portions of their service areas with the shortened routes.


Source: Pittsburgh Regional Transit


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