Christopher Briem


Pittsburgh Transportation/Transit Bibliography


This is an ongoing work in process and a working bibliography of historical reports

pertaining  to public transit in Pittsburgh and related resources.  Feel free to email

me if you have any reports you think should be added.



1) Reports with a local focus by date:



Comments on A Report To the Council of the City of Pittsburgh on the Conditions and Requirements of Modern Mass Transportation in the Pittsburgh District Dated December 5, 1935.

Yes that says 1935.. but it’s still worth a read. You could change the date and the $ amounts and you would think you were reading about current debates.


Allegheny County Rapid Transit Study. 1967.

Author: Parsons, Brinckerhoff, Quade & Douglass.

Sometimes refered to as an early SKYBUS study. But if you want to see where a lot of the current transportation  infrastructure got started. If you just read one thing, this should be it.


Pittsburgh Light Rail Transit Reconstruction Project - Draft Environmental Impact Report

US Department of Transportation

July 1978



Light Rail Transit in Pittsburgh, Pa.

by Theodore C. Hardy, (Dir. of Planning, Construction and Development Div., Port Authority of Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, Pa.).

Transportation Engineering Journal, Vol. 104, No. 4, July/August 1978, pp. 499-507.

No link sorry.  In the Benedum/Engineering library at Pittt


Transportation Access And The Location Of Advanced Technology Firms In Pennsylvania (RPN-83-22). Final Report. Volume I: Research Findings And Recommendations.

By James P. DeAngelis, A. G. R. Bullen, Norman P. Hummon, Steven Manners. University Center for Social and Urban Research.  University of Pittsburgh. June 1986.


The Martin Luther King, Jr. East Busway in Pittsburgh, PA

Department of Transportation Urban Mass Transportation Administration

October 1987


Transit System Performance Review: Pittsburgh Prototype Study

August 1987

Author: Booz-Allen & Hamilton, Inc. with COMSIS Corporation

Prepared for Office of Planning Urban Mass Transportation Administration

U.S. Department of  Transportation


Review of Transportation Planning in Pittsburgh.

U.S. Department of Transportation

Research and Special Programs Administration

John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center

March 1993


Spine Line Corridor Study

ICF Kaiser Engineers

for the U.S. Department of Transportation

Federal Transportation Administration

November 1993.

Scanned here:



SKYBUS Pittsburgh's Failed Industry Targeting Strategy of the 1960s

by Morton Coleman, David Houston and Edward K. Muller.  2000.

The definitive history of that which was known as Skybus in Allegheny County



North Shore Connector Project Draft Environmental Impact Report

Port Authority of Allegheny County

April 28, 2000



The Benefits of Prenatal Care: Evidence from the PAT Bus Strike

by William N. Evans. Department of Economics University of Maryland and Diana S. Lien, CNA Corporation.

March 2002


Evaluation of Port Authority of Allegheny County's West Busway Bus Rapid Transit Project

Federal Transit Administration

April 2003


2030 Transportation and Development Plan for Southwestern Pennsylvania

Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission

Adopted July 31, 2003


(2003)Eastern Corridor Transit Study

STV Associates

December 17, 2003


A Regional Strategic Vision for Public Transportation Serving Southwestern Pennsylvania

Executive Summary: TransitVision_ExecutiveSummary (PDF, 2.73 MB)

Full Report: TransitVision_FullReport (PDF, 21.5 MB)


Pittsburgh West Busway Photo Report

Light Rail Now

August 2005


(2006) Eastern Corridor Transit Study

Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission (SPC)



Transit Agency Operational Audit.  Port Authority of Allegheny County

Investing in our future.  Addressing Pennsylvania’s Transportation Funding Crisis.

Final Report – Technical Appendix

By the Pennsylvania Transportation Funding and reform Commission.

Final Copy – January 2007


Mon Fayette Expressway Transit Plan Coordination Report


June 2007


Onorato Transportation Action Team Recommendations

Allegheny Places (the Allegheny County comprehensive planning process)



East Liberty Station - Realizing the Potential

Report of the City of Pittsburgh Department of  Planning

Date: unknown


Transit Oriented Development Typology Strategy for Allegheny County

GoBurgh and Center for Transit Oriented Development

February 2013


East Liberty TRID

Presentation at the PA Downtown Center Conference

Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh

June 2016


2) Reports with some Pittsburgh focus



Transportation Policy Project Resource Guide: Case Studies, Regions Respond to Change

Surface Transportation Policy Project

July 1993


Surface Infrastructure. Costs, Financing and Schedules for Large-Dollar Transportation Projects

U.S. General Accounting Office

February 1998


Modernizing Rail Transit For Today's City

American Public Transit Association

June 1979


Mass Transit: Bus Rapid Transit Shows Promise

U.S. General Accounting Office

September 2001




3) Other Web Resources


National Transit Database:


Bureau of Transportation Statistics:


American Public Transit Association


Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission Publications



4) Misc


Give the City Back to People: New Mobility Can Make Our Cities a Joy Again

by George Jernstedt and Tom Phares

A book that grew out of Phares’ work on Skybus. I have a copy, but I it has been permanently borrowed by someone.  I would like to have it back.


Website for the Pittsburgh to Oakland Connector and Oakland Circulator

circa 2010, and yes people really were talking about implementing Personal Rapid Transit(PRT) here, but few will admit that any longer.


Metro Magazine (Public Transit)


Shawn Bennear's (now defunct) web page on Pittsburgh Transit History




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