Port Authority will reroute light rail service this weekend but cancels East Busway work

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Pittsburgh will be Detour City this weekend, with the inbound Squirrel Hill Tunnel closed and a detour on the Post Authority’s light rail system.

The authority announced that the Mount Washington Transit Tunnel will be closed for rail maintenance Saturday and Sunday. Light-rail service and several bus routes will be detoured.

The authority cancelled plans to also detour buses on the Martin Luther King Jr. East Busway to demolish pedestrian bridge and staircase at the Negley Station. The work will be rescheduled.

On the light rail system, all rail cars will use the former Allentown route, bypassing Station Square. Rail shuttles will serve Station Square, Downtown Pittsburgh and the North Shore. Delays of around 10 minutes should be expected.

Seven Port Authority bus routes will be detoured inbound via Arlington and Warrington avenues and outbound via the Wabash Tunnel, with minor temporary stop changes.

The Squirrel Hill Tunnel closure is scheduled for 9 p.m. Friday, with reopening by 5 a.m. Monday.

Jon Schmitz: jschmitz@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1868. Visit the PG's transportation blog, The Roundabout, at www.post-gazette.com/Roundabout. Twitter: @pgtraffic. First Published May 29, 2014 1:16 PM

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