Starting in late May/early June, Port Authority will begin rebuilding a large portion -- almost seven miles -- of the Martin Luther King Jr. East Busway between Wilkinsburg Station and Downtown.
Work will include repaving, which will help prevent wear-and-tear on our buses and also provide a much smoother commute for the many riders who travel the East Busway each day -- approximately 25,000, about equal to the number of daily T riders.
To minimize interruptions and delays, work will be conducted in sections and opposite the dominant flow of traffic. That means we'll be working on the outbound side during the morning rush and on the inbound side when most riders are headed home in the afternoon.
We aim to have work completed by the end of this year.
This rebuilding project spans the length of the original busway, which opened in 1983. The section between Wilkinsburg and Swissvale stations is newer -- having opened in 2003 -- and therefore doesn't need to be rebuilt.
We'll let everyone know when work officially begins, so be sure to check back with us next month.