Davis champions Port Authority’s McKeesport Transportation Center project, notes phase two of project begins Saturday

HARRISBURG, Jan. 12 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, today applauded the Port Authority of Allegheny County’s announcement that it will be transitioning to phase two of its McKeesport Transportation Center construction project.

“As a Port Authority board member, I understand not just the want but need to have quality transportation options in the Mon Valley, especially in McKeesport,” Davis said. “It’s because of this that I advocated for the completion of this project. Mon Valley residents deserve access to a reliable and affordable mass transit system, and this is another step toward reaching that goal.”

Davis said the second phase of the project will begin Saturday. Once complete, the project will have enhanced passenger amenities, including four bus shelters with benches, two ticket vending machines and improved access to the Great Allegheny Passage Trail.

Davis said the number of parking spaces also will increase from 66 to 85 and will accompany wider bus lanes, an underground stormwater management basin and an employee relief building.

Due to ongoing construction, Davis noted the closing of the transportation center’s park and ride for about a year.

Bus routes that currently serve the McKeesport Transportation Center will remain on Lysle Boulevard. Riders of the 60-Walnut-Crawford Village, 61C-McKeesport-Homestead and P7-McKeesport Flyer should board inbound buses at the existing stop at Lysle Boulevard opposite McKeesport Transportation Center, and board outbound buses at the existing stop at Lysle Boulevard at the McKeesport Transportation Center.

Davis said alternate free parking is available at the Duquesne Park and Ride (intersection of Library Place and Duquesne Blvd.), the North Versailles Park and Ride (200 Loews Drive) or the Olympia Park and Ride (4313 Walnut St.) in McKeesport.