About the Project

Bus Line Redesign is a comprehensive rethinking of PRT bus routes. The study will consider where, when, and how people travel in and around the region and recommend updates to bus routes to better serve all of Allegheny County.

Many of the bus routes in our region date back several decades, and in many cases don’t serve the Allegheny County of today. In 2021, we completed our 25-year long-range plan, NEXTransit. The public told us one of our top priorities should be to design an updated bus network that better serves our communities, especially our most transit dependent riders.

The global pandemic that began in 2020 has profoundly changed the way people go about their lives. Our network is still designed to take people to and from downtown Pittsburgh, but traditional commuting patterns have changed significantly. Meanwhile, the system lacks service that links neighborhoods together, and certain areas of the county have no access to transit.

Update

We are currently at the end of Phase 1 of our planning process. This phase consists on conducting on Existing Conditions Analysis of the PRT Bus Network that will gather usage data, demographics, travel patterns, and asses gaps in the system. This data will be used to identify deficiencies relative to existing usage and operations and to establish a baseline condition against which the anticipated future conditions and potential impacts of future growth can be evaluated.

We will began our public input process in October of 2023 with public surveys and meetings to gather data on how people currently use the system and how it might better serve them. Check back here to see the results of what we heard soon!

Engagement Opportunities

See below for any open surveys or upcoming meetings and events!

The full list of past events can be found in the Project Archive.

Watch the public meeting video


We’ve identified some preliminary goals, but ultimately we’ll look to the public to refine and prioritize the focus areas of this project:

  • Provide service when and where people want to go.
  • Develop a high-frequency network that’s extremely reliable.
  • Increase ridership and increase access to transit.
  • Promote equity, access to opportunity, and inclusivity.
  • Design reliable routes so buses arrive on time.
  • Simplify the bus network.
  • Ensure that our future bus network continues to promote safety for our riders, staff, and community.

Coming soon.

This project addresses the following values from PRT’s long-range transportation plan, NEXTransit, adopted in 2021.

  • Accessible: infrastructure is fully available in every way to those with specific needs, such as physical or mental disabilities, those traveling with infants or small children, and those traveling with groceries or other goods.
  • Affordable: this project makes it easier for those of all means, including the underemployed and unemployed populations, to utilize transit without needing to sacrifice other life sustaining activity, such as buying food, medicine or heating, to do so.
  • Equitable: the project not only ensures the fair provision of services to those with limited means or higher risk, but affirmatively acts to better the services offered to these groups in an effort to combat historical and environmental imbalances in the community.
  • Sustainable: the project enhances the health of communities and the natural environment through its design and operations with regard to energy use, water use, raw material use, land use, and waste production.

Timeline

  • Timeline item 1 - active

    Fall 2023

    Phase 1 - Where should we go?

    • Conduct Existing Conditions Analysis
    • Public Engagement Round 1
      • Host two online public meetings
      • Host in-person pop-up events around the service area
  • Timeline item 2 - incomplete

    Winter 2023-2024

    Phase 2: What have we learned

    • Conduct Market Analysis
    • Analyze results from Phase 1 public input
    • Public engagement round 2
  • Timeline item 3 - incomplete

    Summer and Fall 2024

    Phase 3: How can we get there?

    • Conduct Scenario Evaluation
    • Public Engagement Round 3
  • Timeline item 4 - incomplete

    Winter and Spring 2024

    Phase 4: Finalize

    • Produce Final Concepts
    • Public Engagement Round 4

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