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Governor Corbett Announces $5 Million Transit Investment from State’s New Transportation Plan

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April 1, 2014

Governor Corbett Announces $5 Million Transit Investment from State’s New Transportation Plan

Funds to Spur Rejuvenation of the East Liberty Area of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh – Governor Tom Corbett joined a groundbreaking ceremony today for the next phase of improvements to the East Liberty transit station and announced his administration is investing $5 million into the project from transit funds as part of the state’s new transportation plan.

“Transportation serves as a foundation for a prosperous society and vibrant economy,” Corbett said. “That is why I worked so hard with the legislature on a bipartisan consensus that delivered our new landmark transportation plan. Now, a portion of the new resources generated by this plan are on their way to help rejuvenate the East Liberty region of Pittsburgh.”

The added investment from the state’s new transportation plan allows work to start on creating an inviting public space at the junction between the Martin Luther King  Busway and surface transit routes that host more than 800 daily trips. The project, managed by the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh, includes reconstruction of the busway station, new pedestrian bridges and other improved access, storage areas for bicycles, new lighting and other amenities.

The Corbett Administration also is making $2.8 million in transportation infrastructure investment funds available for the East Liberty project. This brings the commonwealth’s total investment to $21.3 million in an overall $62.7 million improvement project that includes federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grant money and private investment.

Corbett noted that a recent national study reported that public transit ridership has jumped to its highest level in nearly six decades. The commonwealth’s role in improving transportation in East Liberty has attracted another $76 million in economic development that will help to shape a brighter future for Pittsburgh.

“When Pittsburgh is thriving, Pennsylvania as a whole benefits,” Corbett said. ”Our new transportation plan is paying visible dividends here and across the state.”

Media contacts:

Rich Kirkpatrick, PennDOT; 717-783-8800

Steve Chizmar, Governor’s Office; 717-783-1116



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