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Report: MLK Busway helped trigger $900 million in East Liberty development

Pittsburgh’s existing transit system has generated development, according to a report released Tuesday.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Ea st Busway, opened in 1983 as the first Bus Rapid Transit system in the country, has led to a revitalization of the East Liberty neighborhood and focused on the community’s rapid-transit system as a potential economic anchor for new growth, according to the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy, which released the report.

By adjusting the zoning regulations surrounding the East Liberty station, cleaning up industrial sites and aggressively recruiting economic anchors, the public-private initiative attracted $900 million in new development concentrated around the station, the report said.

The Institute is a global nonprofit that helps cities design and implement high-quality transit systems to make communities more livable, competitive and sustainable.

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