While the total number of routes will decrease, the overall amount of service will increase. On average, the number of trips per route per weekday will increase by 65 percent.
Let’s take a look at what’s happening to some current routes and how their riders will be served under the proposed TDP:
- 16A Ohio River Boulevard: This route would be consolidated with the OV Ohio Valley Flyer route to create a new service, the 14L Ohio Valley Limited. The new route would provide more frequent and consistent service in the corridor from Ambridge to Downtown Pittsburgh, running every 15 minutes during peak periods.
- 51D Churchview: Most of this route’s service area would be served by a new route, 50 Spencer.
- 59U SouthSide Works-Oakland-Waterfront: Oakland, Squirrel Hill and the Waterfront would be linked by two new Rapid Bus routes, R3 McKeesport Rapid and R4 Homestead Rapid. Riders would be able to use the new route 75 Ellsworth to travel between SouthSide Works and Oakland (and beyond to Shadyside and East Liberty). The current 59U route doesn’t start service until nearly 9:30 a.m., but the R3, R4 and 75 Ellsworth would begin service around 4:00 or 5:00 a.m. and run more frequently.
- 61F Homestead Park: Service would be provided by a new route, 53 Homestead Park, which would operate at greater frequency and provide more hours of service per day.
- 63A North Braddock Express: Service would be provided by new routes P76 Lincoln Highway Flyer, featuring peak period express service to and from Downtown Pittsburgh, and 76 Lincoln Highway, featuring off-peak service to the Wilkinsburg busway station. Riders would also be able to use the new 63 Edgewood, which would take riders to Wilkinsburg station.
- 63B Rankin Express: Riders would be able to take the new route P71 Swisshelm Park-Rankin Flyer, providing peak period service down the busway between Swissvale station and Downtown Pittsburgh, or 71 Swisshelm Park-Rankin, which would operate off-peak between Swissvale Station and Wilkinsburg Station via Edgewood Towne Center.
- 69A Forbes: Service would be provided by the new Rapid Bus route, R1 Wilkinsburg, providing a fast link from Wilkinsburg to Downtown via Oakland.
- 77D Highland-Friendship: The area will be served by three new routes: the R5 Negley Rapid Bus, the R6 Highland Rapid Bus and 87 Friendship, all of which would run more frequently than the 77D and provide earlier morning and later evening service.
- 84C Hill Loop: New routes 81 Oak Hill and 83 Webster will serve most of the 84C route, connecting Downtown, the Hill District and Oakland.
Next week we’ll post individual route maps on the Transit Development Plan site so it’ll be easier for riders to visualize how their trips will shape up. In the meantime, please let us know in the comments if there are any other routes you’d like to know about.