SPC Prepares To Implement Transportation Improvement Program

The $4.9 billion program goes into effect in October.

Shelby Cassesse
June 07, 2018 - 4:36 pm
The SPC prepares to implement their Transportation Improvement Program.

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - The Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission is preparing to implement their newest four-year, $4.9 billion Transportation Improvement Program.

The program consists of new projects, as well as projects rolled over from the previous plan within ten Southwestern Pennsylvania counties.

Of the money invested in the project from private investment, local, state and federal funds, 44 percent to public transit, 36 percent to roadways and bridges, with interstates and turnpikes splitting the last 20 percent. The Port Authority gets a large portion of the money, receiving $1.87 billion. 

According to SPC Director of Transportation Planning Andy Waple, the money covers a wide range of projects.

"It's multimodal," he said at an SPC public meeting Thursday. "It lists transit projects, highways and bridges, bicycle and pedestrian improvements, railway crossings, freight improvements, a whole host of surface transportation projects.

The SPC is in the public comment phase of the project, with implementation set for October.