The Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission (SPC) is seeking your input and will open a public comment period for a proposed amendment to the 2013-2016 Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) and 2040 Transportation and Development Plan for Southwestern Pennsylvania (2040 Plan). This public comment period is open now until Tuesday, December 4, 2012.

The East Liberty Transit Center, funded in part by a TIGER grant from the US Department of Transportation, will construct a multimodal transit center and strategically reposition the second-busiest transit node in the regional system, serving over 800 daily bus arrivals at the dilapidated East Liberty Busway station. Residents and transit users will benefit from shorter bus routings, quicker transfers, a reconnected street grid, much-improved ADA accessibility and better pedestrian connections. The estimated project cost is $32 million.

The project is supported by the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Port Authority of Allegheny County, the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh, East Liberty Development, Inc. and private developer the Mosites Company. It is a keystone of the Eastern Gateway Infrastrucutre Investment Plan, which started in early 2010. This transportation infrastructure is also a part of the East Liberty Community Plan.

For more information and to provide feedback on the plan, please visit the SPC website

Here’s an executive summary of proposed changes.