Pittsburgh doesn’t have a lot of underground subway stations, but the city has plenty of surface transit stations for its streetcar and bus lines. And with some of the larger stations, the Allegheny County Port Authority is hoping to implement a transit-focused development, aka TOD, that encourages dense housing and amenities within walking distance of public transportation. high quality.
And that’s the map of the South Hills Junction bus and light rail station, located on the border of Pittsburgh’s Mount Washington and Beltzhoover neighborhoods. The Port Authority designated the area around this station as a “public transport district” and last week relieved plans to make the station more accessible to area residents and to improve land use for increase the use of public transport.
At a public meeting on Nov. 16, Port Authority Planning Director Amy Silbermann said she plans for South Hills Junction to create dozens of apartments near the station – which serves the lines red, blue and silver streetcar, as well as the southern busway. The port authority is also planning to build a bridge at the site that connects Beltzhoover and Mount Washington, and upgrade or reopen the stages to reconnect them to the station.
The Port Authority anticipates that TOD at the site will include a mix of market-priced and affordable housing units and commercial spaces, as well as more accessible and safer access to the station, and more comfortable facilities and easy to use. The plan calls for the use of three plots of land for development, one of 75,000 square feet, another of 80,000 square feet and the last of 45,000 square feet.
The plan includes the construction of a common bus and light rail station at the junction and concepts for four- to five-story apartments along Warrington Avenue at the rear of the proposed station.
The port authority has created guidelines for TOD best practices, hoping that they will be further implemented in the region. In May, Breen Masciotra, then section chief of the port authority’s planning department, said areas like South Hills Junction station could develop a community where people in the corridor could rely primarily on public transportation. as the main means of transport around the city.
While the agency expects improvements to South Hills Junction to begin in about two years, cost estimates are not yet known. In other developments, the Port Authority intends to begin construction of the improvements to the Negley Busway station in Shadyside early next year and is currently finalizing its plans for the Station Square light rail station in the side south and improvements along the T at Dormont.