Rail

Pittsburgh Port Authority to cut 13 light rail stops

Posted on June 6, 2012

Thirteen stops on the Port Authority of Allegheny County’s light rail lines will be eliminated on June 25 in an effort to make light rail service more direct for current riders and more attractive to potential riders.

The stops selected for elimination were identified due to their low boarding counts and proximity to other stops. The longest distance any rider affected by the change would have to travel to reach another light rail stop is about 650 yards.

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald last month called on Port Authority to make several changes to improve the efficiency of the system, including consolidation of light rail stops.

"I’m glad to see the Authority work proactively to address this issue. I understand that these stops were selected because the ridership was low and because there are alternative stops relatively close," said Fitzgerald. "While our bus lines have gone through numerous changes involving consolidations of routes and stops to improve efficiency and productivity, this is the first time that attention has been paid to the stops on the light rail system. These changes should result in transit trips that are not interrupted by unnecessary stops, which benefits both riders today and those who might consider using public transportation."

Overall, this move will affect less than 1% of Port Authority's total daily ridership and roughly 5% of its rail ridership. However, service will be more attractive and practical for the roughly 30,000 light rail riders traveling between the North Shore, Downtown and the South Hills each weekday.

"We've long heard complaints from many of our light rail riders that there are too many stops, which can be frustrating," said Port Authority CEO Steve Bland. "We also know that when transit lines appear slow and inconvenient, people are less likely to try them. So this also has hindered our ability to serve more people."

There are more stops on the Red Line than other light rail systems. The Red Line has more than five stops per mile. In comparison, Philadelphia has 3.2 stops per mile, Cleveland 2.5, Boston 1.1 and Los Angeles 0.9. At two locations along the Red Line, the stop spacing is about 422 feet (the length of a two-car train is about 160 feet).

Signs will be posted by Monday, June 11 at the affected stops to alert riders to the upcoming change and direct them to the next nearest light rail boarding location. Light rail cars will no longer serve the discontinued stops starting on Monday, June 25.

The Authority's light rail system carried about 30,000 riders on an average weekday in April and provides service between the North Shore, Downtown and the South Hills. Three routes provide service on the 26-mile light rail system.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Former Santa Clara VTA chief hired to oversee Honolulu rail project

Michael Burns will be responsible for overseeing the rail project’s finances, as well as the functioning of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation board.

Alstom to extend Algeria's Constantine Tramway

Alstom, which will extend the tramway by 6 miles, will supply the integrated system, tracks, catenaries, telecommunications and signalling, substations and ticketing equipment.

$8.2B invested along 20 miles of Valley Metro light rail

Economic development within one-half mile of the system has been stimulated by ridership that has exceeded original projections. Valley Metro began compiling development activity since construction started in 2005 as part of an economic development database.

Alstom to deliver 17 trains to Algeria

The Coradia Polyvalent for Algeria is a dual-mode train (diesel and electric, 25 kV) able to travel at speeds up to 99 mph. The train has six carriages and provides capacity for 265 passengers.

Fla.'s TriRail adds bike car

The new bike car contains 14 racks that will provide more room to maneuver bicycles on and off the train. A set of seats were removed from the lower level of the vehicle to make room for the bike racks.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The resource for managers of class 1-7 truck Fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close