Wednesday, February 18, 2009

North Shore Connector Project Grinds on as Stimulus Cash Could Flow In

Despite an estimated cost overrun of $117.8 million, the Port Authority of Allegheny County is continuing work on its North Shore Connector project in the hope it might receive some stimulus cash. As per recommendation of an authority committee, the group today awarded contracts for the train system ($82.3 million) and elevators and escalators for the rail stations ($6 million). PAT spokesperson Judy McNeil says the group believes the project will likely receive some stimulus funding as it meets the criterion to a "t." The North Shore Connector is a 1.2-mile light rail system that will connect Heinz Field and PNC park to the Downtown area. It is scheduled to be completed in 2011.

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