Local news stories and LTE 2017
Separate agencies for toll facilities are ubiquitous in the United States. I can’t think of a single state DOT that operates a fully tolled, limited access highway and states where tolling is prevalent like Texas and Florida often have multiple tolling authorities, unlike PA.
States often oversee tolled portions of managed lanes within existing state highways, but they generally do not have the operational capacity to manage revenue generation and shy away from it.
…and not just for turnpikes. All levels of government set up separate agencies, often called “authorities,” to administer a funding stream and accomplish some public goal. Think of Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority or Port Authority Transit. These agencies are given the exclusive right to do something, like deliver water to consumers or provide public transit, and have a dedicated funding stream, like monthly bills for water or transit pass charges. And they can issue bonds based on the funding stream, to pay for major projects.
One of the consequences of this is that the contracts the authorities enter into can keep them in existence indefinitely. No state can undo contracts (under the Constitution’s contract clause). So if the authority issues contracts based on bonds, and times the expiration of the contracts correctly, it is impossible for the state ever to get rid of the authority.
Authorities have some oversight. The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission has officials appointed by the governor, and the legislature sets priorities for the PTC to accomplish (e.g., the Mon-Fay route is written into state law). That is the point where politics and advocacy can make a difference in setting priorities.
Shaler gets some funding for their part of the Millvale to Etna north shore trail extension.
Just saw this about a meeting last night in Beechview about changes to Broadway Ave. Anyone have any ideas what happened at the meeting or what the project is they are talking about?
@BikePedPGH is Pittsburgh’s Bike-Peds coordinator. Might be good to add her onto any Tweets about issues that aren’t getting fixed. She seems to be quite active on Twitter. Maybe she likes knotweed removal?
- This reply was modified 2 years, 4 months ago by Eric.
One of our own talking about swimming in the river:
Public beaches in Pittsburgh? One official says maybe one day
Two cents added. Interesting how those with little constructive to say do not have actual names.
I got a couple sentences in on NPR’s Morning Edition this morning
“Pittsburgh’s Penn Avenue isn’t the only major street scheduled for a face-lift in 2019.
“The city is planning to reduce four-lane Liberty Avenue from 12th Street to 34th Street in the Strip District to three lanes with a turning lane in the middle, plus make improvements to traffic signals, crosswalks and sidewalks….City officials said that section of street is too narrow for four lanes and unsafe for pedestrians to cross. The city has no plans for a bike lane on the street.”
This proposal for Liberty Avenue needs its own thread.
Driver with dangerous history dies after Squirrel Hill Tunnel crash
Sharpsburg is looking at getting a grant to reconstruct the 19th Street entrance which may be a future entrance for the r-47 project. The trail won’t be able to extend through Sharpsburg in Aspinwall until this is settled. This, unfortunately, may take years. Especially with all the community opposition in Aspinwall.
Annoying ad-heavy website, But WTAE visited Bicycle Heaven & shows off Craig’s collections
SPC heard about BRT plus info on how to comment on project to SPC.
Friends of the Riverfront run/walk fundraiser.
More bulter-freeport trail closures.
Darlene Harris is on the City Paper’s Shitlist, but not for yelling “Get in the damned bike lanes!”
Reports of either a bike rider or pedestrian hit by a driver on Bigelow Blvd near Herron:
BREAKING: Reports of a bicyclist struck by a vehicle on Bigelow Blvd pic.twitter.com/eWzjByiR4N
— Sarah Arbogast (@SarahArbogast) August 9, 2017
— WPXI Traffic (@WPXITraffic) August 9, 2017
Jailed Westmoreland biker in court.
East Cleveland, Ohio has potholes so bad that many drivers use the sidewalk. See the video.
This is no surprise for East Cleveland. Imagine Wilkinsburg and then making it a magnitude poorer. When I was a teen I’d ride up Belvior from where it started near my house in Shaker to where it ended in E Cleveland and the streets were bad back then (30 years ago).
RR crossing under 62nd street bridge deemed public, not private, thus meaning no flyover bridge needed. This will make the Etna/Shaler trail extension move quicker and save lots of money!
^Awesome! The fact that the RR has decided not to appeal this decision is even more welcome.
@marko82, not only are they not appealing it, but the way the article reads makes it seem like that Etna presented irrefutable evidence that the crossing was public and the RR said, “Whoops. Yeah, I guess we don’t need a hearing and we were wrong.”
The whole thing is odd to me as the same RR tacitly allows bikers and walkers to walk along the tracks and, thus, use that crossing freely…
Nationally, speed kills. Scott Bricker was quoted too.
Get there and comment before the trolls do.
History tour of the Hill, part of Bike Fest. Brian O’Neill’s column.
Are we becoming legitimate? A straight up story with ‘Bikes’ as the subject without any opinionating?
Police Trying To Identify Man Who Stole 81-Year-Old’s Bike
Why new bike lanes in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood are a big deal
This is off topic, but I didn’t want to start a new thread. This seems like the best place for it.
I was at the Bloomfield Little Italy days tonight. Some guy came by on what was a regular bicycle with a moped motor on it. Everyone walking by with saying the same thing: is it a bicycle or motorcycle.
Has anyone seen this before? Is this thing even street legal?
Liberty Ave/strip redesign mentioned elsewhere on this website.
more info on the park capping Crosstown Blvd scheduled to start next year as well as the murals found in one of the peds tunnels that are most likely going to be lost/destroyed when the tunnel is filled in.
My 2¢ on the tunnel:
If they are only filling it in, it seems it should be possible to preserve it with one end still accessible. I’m not sure what you’d do with it, if it’s that noisy, but at least storage space, the occasional tour, maybe some sort of special event like a Halloween themed cave adventure. It would be a shame to just lose it.
Bike fatalities up in 2015
Also, trails go looking for maintenance money
Weeds in heron hill park. http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/brian-oneill/2017/08/30/robert-e-williams-memorial-park-herron-hill-park-pittsburgh-hill-district-pwsa-reservoir/stories/201708300034?pgpageversion=pgevoke
Worst bus stops in the US contest. Munhall stop FTW!
Bonus: troll comments under the article. What could be better than that.
Southside “highline” project with missing trail link (i.e., the part of the southside trail where the detour was closed)
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