PA: Federal grant will pay half the cost for Port Authority to study whether bus routes should be changed

Port Authority has received a $780,100 federal grant to help pay for a complete study of its 97 bus routes.

The agency announced two weeks ago it would begin the study this year when officials released the preliminary budget of $519.7 million. On Thursday, the Federal Transit Administration announced the grant as part of $25 million awarded across the country through its Route Planning Restoration Program, which is designed to see how routes should be changed as a result of the pandemic…

Downtown Pittsburgh will be studied first because construction is expected to begin early next year on the Bus Rapid Transit system that will link Oakland and Downtown using exclusive lanes to keep transit moving on a more reliable schedule.