Preliminary Pittsburgh Transportation Bibliography


Christopher Briem

February 2007


Reports with a local focus by date:


Comments on A Report To the Council of the City of Pittsburgh on the Conditions and Requirements of Modern Mass Transportation in the Pittsburgh District Dated December 5, 1935.  January 1936

Yes that says 1935.. but it’s still worth a read. You could change the date and the $ amounts and you would think you were reading about current debates.


Allegheny County Rapid Transit Study. 1967.

Parsons, Brinckerhoff, Quade & Douglass.

Scanned here:

Sometimes refered to as an early SKYBUS study. But if you want to see where a lot of the current transportation  infrastructure got started. If you just read one thing, this should be it.


Light Rail Transit in Pittsburgh, Pa.

by Theodore C. Hardy, (Dir. of Planning, Construction and Development Div., Port Authority of Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, Pa.). 

Transportation Engineering Journal, Vol. 104, No. 4, July/August 1978, pp. 499-507. 

No link sorry.  In the Benedum/Engineering library at Pitt.


Transportation Access And The Location Of Advanced Technology Firms In Pennsylvania (RPN-83-22). Final Report. Volume I: Research Findings And Recommendations.

By James P. DeAngelis, A. G. R. Bullen, Norman P. Hummon, Steven Manners. University Center for Social and Urban Research.  University of Pittsburgh. June 1986.

Scanned here: (summary only)

This is for those in town who think the problem with spatial mismatch is something new.


Transit System Performance Review: Pittsburgh Prototype Study

Final Report. August 1987

Booz-Allen & Hamilton, Inc. with COMSIS Corporation

Prepared for Office of Planning Urban Mass Transportation Administration

U.S. Department of  Transportation


Review of Transportation Planning in Pittsburgh.

U.S. Department of Transportation

Research and Special Programs Administration

John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center

March 1993


Spine Line Corridor Study.

U.S. Department of Transportation

Federal Transportation Administration

November 1993.

Scanned here:

If you think a Spine Line should be a priority in the future, you almost have to start with where we have been.


SKYBUS Pittsburgh's Failed Industry Targeting Strategy of the 1960s

 by Morton Coleman, David Houston and Edward K. Muller.  2000.

The definitive history of that which was known as Skybus in Allegheny County.


The Benefits of Prenatal Care: Evidence from the PAT Bus Strike
by William N. Evans. Department of Economics University of Maryland and Diana S. Lien, CNA Corporation.

March 2002 

Online at:


2030 Transportation and Development Plan for Southwestern Pennsylvania

Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission

Adpoted July 31, 2003


A Regional Strategic Vision for Public Transportation Serving Southwestern Pennsylvania

Executive Summary: TransitVision_ExecutiveSummary (PDF, 2.73 MB)

Full Report: TransitVision_FullReport (PDF, 21.5 MB)



Transit Agency Operational Audit.  Port Authority of Allegheny County

Investing in our future.  Addressing Pennsylvania’s Transportation Funding Crisis.

Final Report – Technical Appendix

By the Pennsylvania Transportation Funding and reform Commission.

Final Copy – January 2007
Online at:



Reports with some Pittsburgh focus


Transportation Policy Project Resource Guide: Case Studies, Regions Respond to Change

Surface Transportation Policy Project

July 1993


Surface Infrastructure. Costs, Financing and Schedules for Large-Dollar Transportation Projects

U.S. General Accounting Office

February 1998


Modernizing Rail Transit For Today's City

American Public Transit Association

June 1979


Mass Transit: Bus Rapid Transit Shows Promise

U.S. General Accounting Office

September 2001



Web Resources


National Transit Database:


Bureau of Transportation Statistics:


American Public Transit Association:





Give the City Back to People: New Mobility Can Make Our Cities a Joy Again

Jernstedt, George, W.; Phares, Tom K

A book that grew out of Phares’ work on Skybus I think. I have a copy, but I it has been permanently borrowed by someone.  I would like to have it back. 


Metro Magazine (Public Transit)


Shawn Bennear's (now defunct) web page on Pittsburgh Transit History