About the Project

Bus Line Redesign is a unique opportunity to look comprehensively at all of PRT's 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. This project was prioritized in PRT's 2021 long-range plan, NEXTransit.


April 2024: The project team is now working to incorporate input and analysis from Phases 1 and 2 of the project to develop new proposals for the bus network. A draft of these proposals is expected to be reviewed through extensive public engagement this fall. You can review the presentation from the April 16 public meeting summarizing input as well as reports in the Documents and Links section below.

Engagement Opportunities

See below for online engagement opportunities, public meetings, and other project events.

Past events and materials can be found in the Project Archive.

What We Learned from Phase 1

The video below provides a quick update on the planning process, what we've learned, and what comes next. We've also provided some key takeaways as text below the video for convenience.

We have reviewed everything we heard from you in round one and a few key themes have emerged:

  • Key Destinations: Improve service to the Airport and Oakland from throughout the region.
  • Neighborhoods: Inter-neighborhood connections (outside of Downtown) need to be improved.
  • Variety of Trip Types: People use transit as much for shopping and recreation as for work.
  • Busways and Rail: Better utilize fixed guideways by improving frequency, connections, and wayfinding.
  • Reliability: Improve frequency and reliability which are lacking in today’s system.
  • Longer Walks: Slight preference for longer walks to routes that are more frequent and provide access to more places.

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.

This map below shows areas within a 5-min walk of current on-street bus service or a 10-minute walk from PRT's busways and light rail corridors. This is generally referred to as PRT's current coverage area.

Click here to view the enlarged map.

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 item 1 - complete

    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 - active

    Winter 2023 and Spring 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 2024 and Spring 2025

    Phase 4: Finalize

    • Produce Final Concepts
    • Public Engagement Round 4

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