Congressman Doyle Presents $345,000 Check for Strip District Transportation Improvements

March 10, 2006
Press Release

Pittsburgh, PA – U.S. Representative Mike Doyle (PA-14) today presented a check for $345,000 in federal funding to local officials for streetscape improvements in Pittsburgh’s Strip District.

“One of the keys to revitalizing our region’s economy is connecting our many different communities,” Congressman Doyle observed today in presenting the check to Pittsburgh Mayor Bob O’Connor, Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato, and Neighbors in the Strip Executive Director Becky Rodgers.  “Unfortunately, many of our communities are divided or isolated as a result of a number of natural and man-made barriers, and those barriers are serious obstacles to community growth and economic health.

“The Neighbors in the Strip are making an important contribution to this goal by developing a plan for improving the transportation corridors connecting the Strip District with the Convention Center and Downtown Pittsburgh,” he added.  “I’m pleased to have been able to provide the federal assistance needed to carry out this important initiative.”

This funding will be used to improve key transportation corridors connecting the Convention Center, the new Grant Street Transportation Center, the Strip District, and the Cultural District.  Specifically, this project will consist of structural concrete repair, cleaning of concrete and steel overpasses, and surface recovery of the two railroad overpasses that cross over Penn Avenue and Smallman Street.  This area is located on the east side of the new David L. Lawrence Convention Center. 

Congressman Doyle worked successfully to include this funding in the Fiscal Year 2006 federal Transportation Appropriations bill (H.R. 3058).

“Our region has a great deal to offer residents, businesses, and tourists, and the unique character of the Strip District is part of that appeal,” Congressman Doyle said.  “I am confident that this initiative will significantly advance our shared goal of promoting economic growth while retaining the neighborhood’s special charm.”

“Congressman Doyle understands the synergy of connecting Downtown to its surrounding neighborhoods and making the entire region a destination,” observed Becky Rodgers, Executive Director of Neighbors in the Strip.  “With the help of dedicated public servants like Mike Doyle, we will be able to bring some of our dreams to fruition.”

The Neighbors in the Strip is a non-profit organization established in 1999 to promote economic development opportunities while preserving the personality, integrity, and character of the Strip.  Members include businesses residents, and art/cultural organizations located and/or doing business in the Strip.  The Executive Director is Becky Rodgers.  More information on NITS can be found on the organization’s web site – – or by contacting Becky Rodgers at 412-201-4774 (phone) or (e-mail).