Funding comes from Casey-led provision in Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act
Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) is announcing $28.4 million in new, competitive grant funding made possible by a provision he worked to include in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). The funding, administered by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), will allow Pittsburgh Regional Transit (PRT) to improve the Red Line Corridor to make four of its stations accessible to and usable by people with disabilities.
“When public transportation isn’t accessible, seniors and people with disabilities can’t get to work, the grocery store, or their doctor’s appointments. Thanks to my All Stations Accessibility Program (ASAP) in the infrastructure law, Pittsburgh Regional Transit plans to make four stations on the Red Line fully accessible,” said Senator Casey. “More than 30 years after passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the infrastructure law is helping to fulfill its promise to build a more accessible world for Southwestern Pennsylvanians.”
ASAP is a $1.75 billion competitive grant program created by the infrastructure law that aims to improve America’s oldest transit systems nationwide so they are accessible to and usable by people with disabilities. The program resulted from Senator Casey’s All Station Accessibility Program (ASAP) Act, a version of which was incorporated into the infrastructure law. Senator Casey has also introduced legislation to make public transportation more accessible for college students.
The four stations—Bethel Village, Westfield, St. Anne's, and Shiras—are among the most utilized PRT light rail stations. Further, three are located in a geography with a non-white population that is equal to or higher than Allegheny County’s average, and where the number of households with people living with disabilities is significant.