for Immediate Release
Corbett Announces $5 Million Transit Investment from State’s New Transportation
to Spur Rejuvenation of the East Liberty Area of Pittsburgh
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
Pittsburgh is thriving, Pennsylvania as a whole benefits,” Corbett said. ”Our
new transportation plan is paying visible dividends here and across the state.”
Kirkpatrick, PennDOT; 717-783-8800
Chizmar, Governor’s Office; 717-783-1116