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Russel Peterson More Optimistic About Light Rail in Pittsburgh


When it comes to gauging the prospects of new passenger rail service on the Allegheny Valley Railroad, CEO Russell Peterson is more optimistic than he was a few years ago. A few years ago, he thought there was only a … Continue reading

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Arnold to Pittsburgh Commuter Train Very Possible


From a Post Gazette Article: By Debra Duncan (Thursday, May 26, 2011) (Link Provided Courtesy of Don Worf) Robert Ardolino says state legislation that he expects will pass in the next few weeks should be a big boost to a … Continue reading

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Recent Railway Transit Talk


AVR officials are working on a $228 million plan that would run diesel-powered trains along their freight tracks between Arnold and the Strip District. The trains would travel along tracks embedded in 26th Street in the Strip to the East … Continue reading

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One More Argument in Favor of Rail Transit


The Pittsburgh Public Market in the Strip District will open soon. Rail transit down to the market using the existing “unused” infrastructure would be a boon to the Strip District and the people of the Allegheny-Kiski Valley. All we need … Continue reading

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Rail Transit Survey Results


We wish to thank all of those who took the time to participate in this survey. Below is the survey outcome: 1. Do you use public transportation to downtown Pittsburgh? Yes (59%) No (41%) 2. If you answered yes to … Continue reading

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More About Rail Transit in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (07/19/2010)


Headline: “Allegheny commuter rail line still distant possibility Project has $171M in financing, but much work remains.” Monday, July 19, 2010 By Jon Schmitz, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette jschmitz@post-gazette.com 412-263-1868 “Read here about the latest developments on Allegheny Rail Transit reported by … Continue reading

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Allegheny Valley Railroad Wins Right To Railway Easement & Rail Transit


It is official: Click Here: A Decision Has Been Rendered SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD DECISION DOCUMENT Decision Information Docket Number: FD_35239_0 Case Title: ALLEGHENY VALLEY RAILROAD COMPANY–PETITION FOR DECLARATORY ORDER Decision Type: Decision Deciding Body: Entire Board Decision Summary Decision Notes: … Continue reading

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This is an Interactive Site – Join and Become Actively Engaged


Advocates For Rail Transit (ART) exists for all of the citizens of the Allegheny River Valley to join and become actively engaged. You can become an associate member by simply registering at the bottom of the right hand column. If … Continue reading

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A Parking Lot Stands in the Way of an Allegheny Valley Commuter Transit Plan


We are revisiting excerpts from an article published in the Post-Gazette Tuesday, December 15, 2009 By Jon Schmitz, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: A slow-chugging plan for commuter rail service to the Allegheny Valley may be further sidetracked by a land dispute. The … Continue reading

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Train Study Results Blasted


Let’s revisit an old article by Tom Jewell, TRIBUNE-REVIEW Monday, June 30, 2003 The owner of the Allegheny Valley Railroad said he believes the Port Authority of Allegheny County has put forth “gold-plated” proposals for a commuter train running from … Continue reading

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