We need to think creatively to define a bold vision and strategic plan for regional
transit’s role in the overall regional transportation system to ensure mobility, economic viability and quality of life in Southwestern Pennsylvania for the next generation.
The Allegheny River Valley faces complex and diverse transportation, land use, economic and development issues which, without a strategy, will continue into the future. The future of the Allegheny River Valley must include investment in rail transit. The days of adding more and more pavement to our highway system are rapidly coming to an end, hastened by fluctuating land values, high gas prices and the realization that future population and employment growth can only be accommodated through compact, high-density land use served by transit. We already have the infrastructure, on both banks of the Allegheny River.
Any arguments against using existing track and right of ways don’t hold water. Everything is already in place. In South Florida the counties of Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade did it, and successfully we may add. Those 3 counties serve millions of commuters with their Tri-Rail System. Read about it. The South Florida Tri-Rail.
Read More About Tri-Rail Here
We can do this sort of thing right here in the Allegheny River Valley!
Why Rail Transit?
• Economic Development
• Access to Jobs
• Environmental Benefits
• Redevelopment Opportunities
• Mobility for All
How does the plan help the enviroment?
• Millions less vehicle miles traveled per year
• Hundreds of thousands of pounds per day less greenhouse gas emissions
• Million of BTU’s per day less energy consumption
ART’s Strategic Regional Transit Plan: The Goal July 2015
Allegheny River Valley Rail Transportation needs local dedicated funding annually to build and operate a transit network over the next 20 years.
Possible funding sources include:
• Per-gallon fuel tax
• One-time automobile title fee
• Daily rental-car tax
• Annual automobile registration fee
• Regional sales tax
• Property tax
• Toll revenue
• Lottery revenue
Your Support is Needed
As the Advocates for Rail Transit (ART) moves forward, we will be looking for assistance from local organizations, the business community and public agencies to make this plan a reality. The benefits are too important for Southwestern Pennsylvania to miss: economic development, job access, environmental preservation, redevelopment opportunities and improved mobility. But these benefits hinge on local dedicated funding for Allegheny River Valley Rail Transportation.
Every local dollar raised generates an incredible level of economic benefits for the Allegheny River Valley vision. Generous state and federal matches magnify the return on these funds even more. Support transit and show how fast we can change our future with the choices we make.
Rail transit helps the family budget. How can rail transit expansion be funded? More than 60 percent of the public thinks that transit is an important part of the Allegheny River Valley’s overall transportation system needs. Using public transportation may eliminate the need for a second car, saving a household as much as $8,400 per year.
What does the public think?
Common sense tells us: Local funding generates local economic benefits. Is this just a pipe dream, or does it have real potential? If we leave it up to the politicians to decide for us it is most likely a pipe dream. However, in today’s political environment we see grassroots activism the likes of which we have not seen since the 1960’s.
Voters across America are getting involved. Voters are taking charge of their own destiny by voting out the politicians who are not interested in serving the people who elected them to office. If we stick together and make our voices heard we can make a difference. It won’t be easy, but nothing worth having ever is. Let’s start by asking the candidates for governor from our area where they stand on supporting us, the residents of the “North Fork” of the Three Rivers…The Allegheny River Valley.
Too often the politician tells us what he or she will do if elected. They have it backwards. We need to straighten them out. We need to tell them what we want them to do if elected. We want commuter rail transit to and from downtown Pittsburgh, and we have waited for it long enough.