This strategy focuses on improving systems and structures that enhance the region’s economy and sustain its population. To attract and retain talented individuals and employers to our region, we must provide a world-class transportation and infrastructure network, including transit, to better connect the region locally, nationally and globally.

Building a Better-Connected Region

We Worked with Partners to Improve Air Service Competitiveness

We have worked closely with the Allegheny County Airport Authority for almost 15 years to improve air service. We congratulate the Authority on the significant progress over the past year. 

Four airlines – Allegiant Air, Frontier, One Jet and Porter Airlines – began serving a total of 16 destinations from the region. Southwest expanded service. Service has been restored to St. Louis, Milwaukee, Indianapolis and New Orleans, with other added flights providing more links to Chicago, Toronto and Denver. 

The non-stop Pittsburgh-to-Paris flight on Delta Airlines announced expansion to seven days a week for six months. In 2009, the Allegheny Conference and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania put up a financial guarantee to encourage Delta to launch the service. The investment is paying off.

We Launched an Effort to Better Our Region’s Transportation Network

The Regional Transportation Alliance (RTA) is a coalition of public and private partners from each of the 10 counties of southwestern Pennsylvania and the City of Pittsburgh and was formed to imagine a new transportation future for our region. Working together through a “crowdsourcing” initiative with hundreds of partner organizations across all 10 counties, the RTA began to gather ideas for projects that will enhance regional connectivity, competitiveness and quality of life. 

The initiative is a direct result of a benchmarking trip to Denver, Colorado, which hosted almost 100 civic leaders from all 10-counties of the region.


Steve Craig
Improving connectivity and mobility throughout southwestern Pennsylvania is a crucial issue facing our region. The launch of the RTA and its crowdsourcing initiative is just the first step in a journey to redefine how the region’s transportation network functions.
— Steve Craig, Lawrence County Commissioner and RTA Co-Chair