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Wood Street ‘T’ Station to close for several weeks

PITTSBURGH — A major light rail station in Downtown Pittsburgh will close for two weeks starting December 8th.

The Wood Street Station is getting four brand new escalators.

Pittsburgh Regional Transit is recommending Wood Street riders use either the Gateway or Steel Plaza Stations during construction.

On weekdays, rail cars will continue to serve the other stations in the Central Business District but not on the weekends. That’s when crews will work in tunnels.

This is all part of a multi-million dollar project.

Channel 11 spoke with “T” riders who tell us it could be tough for some, especially this time of year.

“Especially for people who are seniors or have disabilities and have a harder time getting around. Especially if it’s in close vicinity to where they are trying to get to,” Allysa Spezzano said.

“We definitely see more people [this time of year] and it’s unfortunate for them because it’s more convenient for people to take free transportation to come to town. It’s easier than driving and paying a lot to park,” Sarah Kushner said.

One woman told us the inconvenience is ultimately worth it.

“If they’re going to update it, it’s going to be well worth it,” Tamara McNeil said.

According to PRT, outbound rail service from the North Shore toward downtown will terminate at the Gateway Station. Riders continuing toward the South Hills should exit the rail car and board a shuttle bus.

Delays could take 30-45 minutes.

The Wood Street escalators are expected to be fully installed by March.

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