PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A six-month closure of a stretch of the T is set to go into effect this weekend.
The T tracks of the Red Line provide service to about 12,000 daily riders between the South Hills, Downtown and the North Shore.READ MORE: City Council Honors Retiring Pittsburgh Police Commander Karen Dixon
According to the Port Authority, “The Red Line will only operate between Allegheny and Fallowfield stations, serving all stations in between, including those in Downtown.”
After announcing the closure back in January, the Port Authority has established a special schedule for buses and shuttles during the project.
“We’ll have a shuttle bus running, providing service to the same stops and stations that the Red Line provides today,” said Port Authority spokesman Jim Ritchie.
In addition to the buses and shuttles, the Blue Line will have trips added throughout the day. Parking restrictions will also be in place along the affected stretch.READ MORE: COVID-19 In West Virginia: Gov. Justice To Lift Indoor Gathering Limits At Bars, Most Businesses
“There is no construction on the Blue Line, and we’re going to have extra service on the Blue Line during the work,” said Ritchie.
The Port Authority of Allegheny County says these tracks have reached the end of its life.
Starting on March 27, the Red Line will be closed for rail repairs between Fallowfield Avenue in Beechview and ending at Potomac Avenue in Dormont.
This stretch runs for a mile, and has been repaired 22 times since 2008 to keep it open.
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