Thursday, November 17, 2011

I almost forgot about the Tunnel of Love. I don't see any mention of costs in this little article.

North Shore Connector ready for tests next month
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
By Jon Schmitz, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Port Authority's North Shore Connector project is 98 percent complete and on track for the debut of passenger service on March 25.

Project manager Keith Wargo told a committee of the authority board this morning that testing of trains on the new system will begin next month. Workers have been running tests with cutouts that match the profile of Light Rail Transit vehicles to ensure that proper clearances exist on the 1.2-mile extension, which includes a new Gateway Center station, an underground station next to PNC Park and an elevated station beside Heinz Field.

Trucks also have towed pantagraphs, the arm-like devices that connect rail vehicles with the overhead power lines, through the system.

The Gateway station is 93 percent complete and the Romare Bearden mural from the old station has been refurbished and reinstalled. The two stations on the North Shore are more than 99 percent complete, Mr. Wargo said.

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