North Shore Connector
The free ride on the T from Downtown to the North Shore is in jeopardy.
The Port Authority readily acknowledges there were some unexpected hiccups in the early days of the North Shore connector.
Some riders on the North Shore Connector wound up making an unplanned walk through the tunnel Thursday morning. And while they were walking, other riders were waiting on T platforms wondering what was going on.
Whether it’s two stories up at the Allegheny Station or from two stories down at North Side or Gateway, a disabled escalator can be disheartening.
The first home game of the regular season brought thousands of Steelers’ fans to the North Shore on Sunday afternoon.
Sunday’s Steelers game and the Pitt game on Saturday will be two big tests for the North Shore Connector.
The Steeler first preseason game is now in the books and the learning curve rolls on. Not the learning curve for the guys in black and gold, this is the learning curve for fans trying to get to the game.
The Kenny Chesney-Tim McGraw concert at Heinz Field on Saturday proved to be a test for the Port Authority’s North Shore Connector. “It was larger than a sellout Pirates game type of event, so we were a little bit cautious going in,” Port Authority spokesman Jim Ritchie said.
Riders are complaining about broken escalators at one of the Port Authority’s new T stations. Most of the escalator problems have been happening at the North Side station.
Crammed trains and long waits – not everything has been perfect since the North Shore Connector opened back in March. Still, Port Authority CEO Steve Bland called it “an unqualified success” when he was in KDKA-TV’s studio for this week’s taping of the KD/PG Sunday Edition.
It is a busy weekend in Pittsburgh, which means increased traffic. Officials are hoping to avoid a repeat of last weekend when trolley riders were stranded or forced to board packed trains.
It should have been a weekend to show off the new, half billion dollar North Shore Connector and the convenience of our subway system, but it turned out to be a PR nightmare for the Port Authority.
Now that the North Shore Connector is open, PennDOT is scrambling to get a project designed to build a pedestrian walkway so people arriving for major events won’t have to fight traffic to get to Heinz Field.
Things sometimes slow down a bit on holiday weekends, but don’t fret! We still have plenty for your plate this weekend! First, there’s a festival celebrating the eco, art & tech industries, a community night full of affordable fun, and free rides that could also save you money Learn a bit more about each of the things mentioned on this week’s show!
It sure didn’t take people long to discover the North Shore Connector of the Port Authority T System.