PRT advances construction on its first BRT, PRTX University Line, opening due 2027

PRT advances construction on its first BRT, PRTX University Line, opening due 2027 Image credit: Pittsburgh Regional Transit

Pittsburgh Regional Transit (PRT) will add a fourth worksite in downtown Pittsburgh next week as construction of the PRTX University Line bus rapid transit (BRT) project progresses. Work in this area will include installation of foundations for traffic signals and pedestrian lighting followed by replacement of sidewalks and curbs. To accommodate the worksite, single-lane operation will remain in effect 24/7 until late fall.

The University Line is the first corridor under PRTX, PRT’s bus rapid transit service. Construction began in September 2023 and the $291 million project is expected to be in operation in 2027.

The University Line will provide dedicated bus lanes in the corridor between downtown Pittsburgh and Oakland, Pennsylvania’s second- and third-largest economic centers. The project includes 23 new shelters with upgraded amenities like next bus arrival screens, ticket and fare vending machines, seating, trash receptacles, lighting, emergency phones, and security cameras. Investments in pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure include sidewalks, ADA curb ramps, protected bike lanes, traffic signals, and landscaping.

Source: Pittsburgh Regional Transit