Local officials join national research group in review of economic benefits, job creation and travel enhancements resulting from E/BEE completion

WHEN: 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 23

WHERE: Duquesne VFW Post 188

215 North Second Street Duquesne, PA

WHAT: The proposed extensions of the Mon-Fayette Expressway and the Martin Luther King Jr. Busway East (E/BEE) will play a critical role in enhancing economic development and job growth in the Mon Valley by improving transportation access in the region, creating jobs during the construction of the extensions, and long-term jobs in the region, according to a new report released today by TRIP, a Washington, DC based national transportation organization. The TRIP report calculates the number of jobs created by the project over the four-year construction period as well as the long-term jobs resulting from increased highway access. It also details travel time improvements along several routes in the Pittsburgh area as a result of completion of the E/BEE. Local elected officials, transportation and economic leaders will join TRIP on Tuesday to discuss the findings of the report.


State Representative Paul Costa, Pennsylvania 34th Legislative District

Mayor Phil Krivacek, City of Duquesne

Austin Davis, Executive Assistant to Allegheny County Exec. Rich Fitzgerald

John Easoz, CEO, Mon Valley Alliance

Jason Wagner, Managing Director, PHIA

James Weaver, Chairman, Construction Legislative Council

Maury Burgwin, President, Mon Yough Chamber of Commerce

Joe Kirk, Executive Director, Mon Valley Progress Council

Rocky Moretti, Director of Policy and Research, TRIP


Frank Moretti (TRIP) 202.262.0714 (cell)

Carolyn Bonifas Kelly (TRIP) 703-801-9212 (cell)