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SPECTER, WOFFORD URGE U.S. DEPT. OF TRANSPORTATION TO ALLOW FOR CONSTRUCTION OF BUSWAY LINKING DOWNTOWN PITTSBURGH AND ITS AIRPORT

 SPECTER, WOFFORD URGE U.S. DEPT. OF TRANSPORTATION TO ALLOW FOR
 CONSTRUCTION OF BUSWAY LINKING DOWNTOWN PITTSBURGH AND ITS AIRPORT
 WASHINGTON, Feb. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. Sens. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) and Harris Wofford (D-Pa.) today urged the U.S. Department of Transportation to allow an accelerated schedule for the construction of the Allegheny County Busway System.
 This exclusive bus roadway would help alleviate traffic between downtown Pittsburgh and the Greater Pittsburgh International Airport, as well as improve and expand bus transit service to the western section of Allegheny County.
 In a letter to Transportation Secretary-Designate Andrew Card, the two senators wrote:
 "A key aspect of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act is its expected immediate investment in our nation's infrastructure systems that, in turn, will provide jobs and strength to our economy. In this context, we are writing to call your attention to the Allegheny County Busway System Expansion Program, which can produce short-term as well as long-term economic benefits.
 "In October of this year, the largest public project in the history of western Pennsylvania will be completed with the opening of the new Greater Pittsburgh International Airport. This project already has provided an enormous economic stimulus to the Pittsburgh region, and thousands of new jobs are projected in the coming years. However, inadequate ground transportation in the corridor linking the new airport with downtown Pittsburgh is a problem requiring immediate action. In response, local officials have proposed the development of an exclusive bus roadway and buslane to help alleviate the anticipated traffic between downtown Pittsburgh and the airport, as well as improved and expanded transit service to the western section of Allegheny County.
 "There is a strong consensus that the expansion of Allegheny County's busway system is the critical priority for the region. Congress has also recognized the importance of this project by providing a $15 million earmark in the Fiscal Year 1992 Transportation Appropriations bill to the Allegheny County Busway System Expansion Program. However, strict compliance with the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) procedural requirements will extend completion of this project through 1996. The pressing transportation needs in the airport corridor demand an accelerated schedule.
 "Besides serving the new airport, the busway can also serve as an alternate traffic mitigator during reconstruction of the Fort Pitt Bridge on I-279. The Fort Pitt Bridge is the region's busiest and most important bridge, carrying more than 115,000 vehicles per day. While the project is slated to begin in 1994, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has offered to delay the closing and renovation of the Fort Pitt Bridge. The opening of the Airport Busway, which is expected to accommodate an average of 43,000 riders a day in this corridor, will provide an invaluable alternative route for traffic due to the closing of the Fort Pitt Bridge.
 "Accordingly, we are proposing an accelerated schedule that will help realize the benefits of the new airport by reducing congestion and by linking the emerging job opportunities in the airport area with the established population centers of Allegheny County. Expediting the timeframe will also help reduce project costs.
 "We realize that in advance of your confirmation you are precluded from any commitment. However, we think it would be appropriate to ask for a statement of your philosophical approach to matters of this nature at the earliest possible time. Thank you for your attention to this important project. Please let us know if we can provide any further information."
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 /CONTACT: Dan McKenna or Susan Lamontagne of Sen. Arlen Specter's office, 202-224-9020/ CO: U.S. Department of Transportation ST: Pennsylvania IN: TRN SU:


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