Broadcast Reply Glenn A. Walsh
KQV President & GM
Robert W. Dickey: Telephone: 412-561-7876
Rapid Transit Internet Web Site: < http://andrewcarnegie2.tripod.com/transit >
Extension Project 2006 July 5
I wish to reply to Bob Dickey's most recent editorial regarding the
Connector" rapid transit project. North Shore
The continual escalation of costs for the
Connector is North Shore
something experienced in most major public works projects. I agree
that this is something that should have been anticipated, by the Port
Authority providing a more realistic cost projection at the beginning
of the project.
However, the recent sharp increase in fuel costs, which is driving the
higher project cost, was unexpected when the project was first
planned. Like many of us, the Port Authority must deal with the higher
fuel costs as best it can.
And, the Port Authority did responsibly deal with this cost escalation
when it deferred the proposed segment of the
Connector North Shore
that would have served the
. David Lawrence Convention Center
The Port Authority could responsibly deal with this second cost
escalation in the same way, by deferring construction of the
“Allegheny Station,” one of the two transit stations planned for the
North Side. The other station, the “North Side Station,” would be
located about half-way between
and Heinz Field, providing PNC Park
adequate coverage for both sports venues.
Also, the North Side Station would provide reasonable pedestrian
access to the
Community Collegeof Allegheny County, , Allegheny Center
. Carnegie Science Center
It is important to expand the light rail system so that, eventually,
it serves most of the residents of the
region. A link to Pittsburgh
the North Side is an important first step in achieving this goal.
To ensure that there are no more cost escalations in the primary
contract, the Port Authority must accept this contract by July 15.
I urge the Port Authority of
to accept the primary Allegheny County
contract by July 15 and defer construction of the Allegheny Station,
so the core project is built within the funding presently available.