Tuesday, July 1, 2008
U.S. Representative Jason Altmire, a Democrat from Allegheny County, has shored up $500,000 from the federal budget to perform a study on a potential commuter rail system from New Kensington to downtown Pittsburgh. The study would look into the best routes, rider numbers, and the overall cost of the project. Altmire says the project would utilize existing rail lines and is important at a time when the national average for a gallon of gas exceeds $4. County officials met with Altmire today to discuss the rail project.