Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today urged City residents to take part in the East Liberty Transit Revitalization Improvement District (TRID) planning process, a next step in the ongoing renewal of Pittsburgh’s East End. A TRID is a plan to focus future investment around transit facilities, such as the existing Port Authority Martin Luther King Jr. East Busway, and to explore how to better connect the transit area with the area’s recent growth. This multimodal plan will also address traffic, congestion and parking issues in the District’s area.
The Department of City Planning (DCP) will be hosting a public meeting from 6 to 8 p.m., on Thurs., Aug. 4, at the East Liberty Presbyterian Church on 116 S. Highland Avenue. The purpose of the meeting is to give residents the opportunity to learn how transit-oriented development can benefit the neighborhood, and the ways in which it can be implemented. Residents’ input will be considered in the final recommendations that will be presented to City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County and School District officials for consideration in establishing this District.
“Pittsburgh’s Third Renaissance isn’t just about new skyscrapers downtown and economic development in our neighborhoods, it’s also about connecting residents to the growth happening throughout the City,” said Ravenstahl. “On weekdays, there are well over 25,000 travelers on the East Busway and 16,000 motorists along Penn Avenue. This transit improvement plan will allow vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists alike to travel around East Liberty and the surrounding communities with ease. This opportunity is an essential next step in the East End’s ongoing revitalization.”
Following a competitive RFP process, DCP has engaged a consulting team with GSP Consulting Corporation to determine the feasibility of creating an East Liberty TRID along the existing East Busway. The East Liberty TRID study seeks to strategize the neighborhood’s recent revitalization through transit-oriented development in accordance with the Livable Communities Act of 2009, administered through the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The East Liberty TRID study will take approximately six months to complete. The budget for the plan is $75,000, with funding provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. This fall, a concept for development and a financing strategy will be presented to City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County and School District officials to determine whether or not to establish the East Liberty TRID. To date, TRID Districts have been studied and/or proposed in Philadelphia and locally in the transit area located in Allentown, Beltzhoover, Mount Washington and Beechview.