North Shore Connector Project Nearing Completion


That’s a phrase you are hearing more and more around Pittsburgh these days, but this story has nothing to do with big screen blockbusters.

The Port Authority’s North Shore Connector project is only seven months from completion. Along much of the underground project it would appear you could “roll ‘em” today.

The T station on Pittsburgh’s North Side beneath the General Robinson Parking Garage is now undergoing finishing touches. The signs are up and the benches are in. Only a few trimmings remain for the station where Pirates fans will disembark and daily commuters will climb onboard for the three-minute trip into town.

KDKA-TV’s John Shumway walked the tracks today with Port Authority Rail Operations Director Winston Simmonds. It appeared that a train could come from either direction at any time.

The only thing missing was the overhead power lines that provide the trains with power.

At Gateway Center, the new T station’s escalator is in place. Hand rails for the concrete steps will come soon, and once the greenhouse-looking cover gets its glass, they’ll run the vacuum and be readying for the home stretch.

Speaking of “roll ’em,” with the dampness in the air, and the temporary lighting, the twisting, diving, climbing concrete snake beneath the Allegheny River seems to be the perfect spot to shoot a piece of “The Dark Night Rises.”

At least that’s what the producers thought. However, the Port Authority never let that train leave the station. They said they could not pause for movie filming without jeopardizing the project schedule.

Simmonds said the $524 million project is currently running about $10 million under budget and is on track to begin testing with trains in late December.

If all goes well the first passenger rides under the Allegheny will come next March.


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  • Critter

    biggest waste of money in history

  • Burghboy

    I agree. That tunnel borer should have been pointed towards Pitt/Oakland/Squirrel Hill so we could have an actual useful subway in Pittsburgh.

  • Snarf

    We can’t get a commuter train up to the New Kensington area (on existing track) to get traffic off of busy 28, but there’s money to build a stupid, pointless tunnel. And everyone wonders why all forms of government are in big trouble.

  • South Hills Commuter

    I’m gonna love it when I can ride from Bethel Park right to the gate at Heinz Field while all you morons who didn’t want it sit in traffic with the drunks

  • Me

    Would have been nice to have this for the football season atleast to ease traffic and parking chaos! 7 months! Maybe next year!

    • Username500

      7 months is next year.

  • critter

    Us morons have to maintain the tunnel for 1 million a year . Hopefully we can raise taxes on u allegheny county nitwits to pay for it

  • Marcus

    Certain GOPig politicians that ran for office recently lied and said the project was over budget. And many of their sheep believed it…. so sad.

  • ME2

    The North Shore is a hub of activity for locals as well as many tourists. The Connector will make the entertainment facillities, restaurants, sports venues and the casino more accessable to these people and those who have never crossed the Allegheny into the North Shore. It is time to quit complaining and start looking to the future, which by the way , includes plans to bring the T to Oakland and 279 corridor. and beyond. No, it won’t happen tomorrow but we are finally beginning to catch up with other major cities. All of this activity will draw more tourists and residents to the city, thus bringing more business for retail and restaurants, leading to more tax revenue The north shore connector is and will be great for our city..

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