A year-long process of developing a Transportation Improvement Plan for southwestern Pennsylvania began Thursday at the PA CareerLink in White Township, where the Southwest Pennsylvania Commission conducted the first of a series of public meetings, which serve as a status update about the 2023-26 TIP and an introduction to what will become the 2025-28 TIP.

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A meeting will be held today to update the public on the Transportation Improvement Program for 2025-28.

The meeting will be held today from 3-5 PM at the PA CareerLink building on Indian Springs Road in Indiana.  The TIP is currently being developed and this public “open house” meeting will serve as an introduction and status update on the efforts before a draft plan is made available for public review in the Spring of 2024.  Officials from the Southwestern PA Commission, PennDOT, county officials and other area stakeholders will be on hand, answering questions from the public pertaining to specific transportation projects and infrastructure planning.

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Within Pittsburgh and southwestern Pennsylvania, we have an export problem. I learned of this not from research, but through conversations I have had with many the past few years.

You have likely had these types of conversations as well. “This is my first time to Pittsburgh, and what a gem you have here! This must be one of the best held secrets in the U.S.”

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The pandemic drove public board and commission meetings online. As COVID-19 fears wane for many, there’s little consistency regarding citizen access to information and deliberations.

Eric Boerer estimates that he attends more than 100 public meetings a year. For the advocacy director of Bike Pittsburgh, being able to join a meeting online makes it easier to pop in and stay updated or give input on something that otherwise might not be a priority. You can, he notes, “listen in while you cook,” and there’s no need to hire a babysitter.

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Everyone experienced the effects of climate change in some way this summer, Peter Boger said Monday afternoon.

“Whether that was smoke from the fires, or the flooding or with extreme heat,” said Boger, assistant director for outreach and engagement with Penn State Sustainability. “And we know these are going to be issues that continue to affect us here in Pennsylvania and worldwide, and yet at the same time, and this is an exciting moment of opportunity.

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Today, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced additional conditional awards for Round 1 of the federal National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) funding. These awards further the Shapiro Administration’s work to address climate change, grow the Commonwealth’s economy and ensure that the future of Pennsylvania transportation is on track to be cleaner, safer, more affordable, and more reliable than ever before.

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