About the Project

PRT is working with the City of Pittsburgh, the surrounding communities, and other stakeholders to improve the existing Herron Station, located along the Martin Luther King Jr. East Busway at the intersection of Polish Hill, Lower Lawrenceville, and the Strip District. The resulting plan will include a conceptual design for a new Herron Station. The plan will improve station access, making it easier and safer to get to the station, particularly for pedestrians, cyclists, and non-auto users. The plan will also improve station design by making PRT facilities more comfortable, easier to use, more sustainable, and more attractive. The final product of this plan will be the 10% conceptual design for a new Herron Station that improves access, increases ridership, and raises the profile of this community asset.


April 2024: After over a year of planning, engagement, and design, the Herron Avenue Station Area plan is done. PRT will be moving into the next phase of the design this year. You can review the plan below, and visit the project archive page to see each phase of the project and all rounds of community engagement. Come back to this page to stay up-to-date as the project moves forward. A special thanks to the communities of Polish Hill, the Strip District, and Lawrenceville for all of your time, input, and hospitality during the planning process!

Project Goals

  • Make accessing the station easy and enjoyable

    Improve connectivity, operations, and overall function at the station to encourage higher ridership and support Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) in neighborhoods surrounding Herron Station.

  • Establish community support and ownership

    Engage all the relevant stakeholders to ensure that TOD opportunities are community supported and complementary to other planned projects. This will enable future implementation of TOD—supportive initiatives (e.g., TOD-friendly zoning, strategic purchase of land, recommended roadway improvements, etc.).

  • Design an adaptable station

    Build new infrastructure that meets the needs of today while enabling future service expansions and network adaptability.

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.
  • 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.

The planning stage of this project was funded using PRT’s annual Capital Budget.

Polish Hill Civic Association, Lawrenceville United, Lawrenceville Corporation, Strip District Neighbors, City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, and the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission.

Explore the Redesigned Herron Station

Herron Station Final Concept Plan

Station Area Recommendations

While the Herron Station Area Plan provides 10% design for improving the station itself, PRT has also identified projects outside of the station that will improve the accessability and usability of the station. These projects fall outside of PRT property and will require coordination with external partners. Click on the hotspot dots on the image below to learn more about each!

Map of recommended projects in and around the station area

Additional Images of the Redesigned Herron Station


This project started in May 2023 and 10% design was finalized in March of 2024.
  • Timeline item 1 - complete

    Spring 2023

    • Existing Conditions Analysis Begins
    • Public Outreach Round #1: Station Visioning
  • Timeline item 2 - complete

    Fall 2023

    • Design Concept Development
    • Public Outreach Round #2: Design Concepts
  • Timeline item 3 - complete

    Winter 2023/24

    • Final Concept Design & Recommendations
    • Public Outreach Round #3
    • Project Wrap up
  • Timeline item 4 - complete

    Spring 2024

    Complete final plan and publish report.

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