As many of you may have noticed, Norfolk Southern has been working in Allegheny Commons near the Soldier’s Monument installing some cabinets. Please see some of the images attached (credit Jerry Green) and read the following information I received from Norfolk Southern regarding the work:
In 2008, following an incident in California between a commuter train and a freight train in which 25 people lost their lives, the U.S. Congress passed the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008, which called for the development and implementation of Positive Train Control (PTC). The purpose of PTC is to prevent train-to-train collisions, overspeed derailments, unauthorized incursions by trains into sections of track where maintenance is being performed, and the movement of a train through a main line switch left in the wrong position. PTC is generally required to be installed on main lines that are used to transport passengers or toxic-by-inhalation (TIH) materials by December 31, 2018, and to be fully implemented by December 31, 2020. Interestingly, when the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008 was passed, PTC technology did not exist, and over the past nearly ten years NS has spent $1.4 billion to develop, construct and implement PTC on 40 percent of its 20,000 mile network, including the rail lines through Allegheny Commons, which carry both TIH material and Amtrak passengers. The work within Allegheny Commons includes the installation of two aluminum signal cabinets in the vicinity of the former pedestrian bridge. Ultimately, these two cabinets will be relocated as part of the replacement of the pedestrian bridge, which is being funded by Norfolk Southern and PennDOT. Additionally, the large signal bridge and cases adjacent to North Avenue/Brighton Road will be removed.
Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you and happy holidays all!
Community Outreach Coordinator
The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy is excited to work alongside our partners at the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny Commons Initiative, Northside Leadership Conference and the greater community to renew Allegheny Commons Park. Join us in developing the action plan for this historic park at an upcoming community workshop:
Allegheny Commons Action Plan Workshop
Thursday, October 5th
6:00 – 8:00 pm
New Hazlett Theater
Click here for details and registration. Can’t make it to the meeting? Give your input through this online survey.
Thanks for being a friend of the parks,
Community Outreach Coordinator
Help Develop The Allegheny Commons Master Plan
The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy is excited to work alongside our partners at the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny Commons Initiative, Northside Leadership Conference and the greater community to renew Allegheny Commons Park.
Please join your fellow park users at a series of community workshops to develop the action plan we need for implementing the master plan.
This effort will be completed by the end of 2017, and will produce strategies and cost estimates for implementing the 2002 Master Plan.
Upcoming Community Workshops
- Thursday, October 5th, 6:00 pm – Location TBD
- Wednesday, November 15th, 6:00 pm – Location TBD
- Wednesday, December 13th, 6:00 pm – Location TBD
To provide additional input please take this online survey about the park.
Date: Thursday, June 22, 2017
Location: Alloy 26, Nova Place
Time: 6:00 pm – Sign In, 6:30 pm – Presentation
The City of Pittsburgh, in partnership with the PA Department of Transportation, the Federal Highway Administration and the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission, and in cooperation with One Northside and the Walk/Ride Northside, a committee of the Northside Leadership Conference, will conduct a preliminary public meeting for Allegheny Circle two way conversion in the Allegheny Center Neighborhood.
The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the conceptual plans for the project which is set for a May 2018 construction start.
The project team will be present at the public meeting to answer any questions and present the conceptual plans. The meeting location is accessible to persons having disabilities. Anyone who needs additional information has special needs, or requires special aids should contact:
Emily Jo Gaspich, P.E., Project Manager, City of Pittsburgh, Department of Public Works, Bureau of Transportation and Engineering at (412) 255-2472 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Action Alert: Support Pittsburgh’s Oldest Park, Contender for Important State Funding
Dedicated in 1930, Allegheny Commons Park is Pittsburgh’s oldest park. Steeped in history, this beloved Northside park is frequented by local residents as well as visitors to the National Aviary and Children’s Museum.
Right now, you can help Pittsburgh’s oldest park by speaking up for important state funding. Click the button below to find out how.
We’ve requested support for the historically significant Allegheny Commons Park through a competitive state grant. Your could help make the difference in bringing these important funds to Pittsburgh, since community support makes a big impact in this grant process.
Have two minutes? Take action to show your support.
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Please pass this message along to others, and thank you for being a friend of the parks.
Director of Community Projects