Pittsburgh to split $1.2 million grant for rapid bus transit

Officials announced Wednesday that Pittsburgh will split a $1.2 million grant from the Rockefeller Foundation with three other cities to promote bus rapid transit, or BRT, a transportation option proponents say combines the flexibility of buses with the speed of light rail at a fraction of the cost…
The plan would convert portions of Forbes and Fifth avenues in the Hill District and Uptown to a bus-only lane. The Port Authority would upgrade selected stations, posting arrival times for incoming buses on electronic displays and raising the platform to door height, giving the BRT the air of a subway on wheels.