Private bid for Pittsburgh rail

A private funding proposal has been made for a commuter rail line in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Cleveland-based First Service Commercial Loans will reportedly supply half the estimated US$350m cost of the rail scheme connecting Lower Burrell and Pittsburgh, according to a consultant on the project.

Although the scheme has been in planning for over a decade, Robert Ardolino, president of Urban Innovations, remains confident the public funding was there to support it – the majority coming through the Federal Transit Administration's New Start grant programme.

The line would operate on tracks along the Allegheny River. Planned stops along the way in Valley communities would include Arnold, New Kensington and Oakmont.