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Hill International Receives First Work Order for Pittsburgh’s Bus Rapid Transit Program

July 17, 2023

MOUNT LAUREL, N.J. and PITTSBURGH, PA, July 17, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Hill International, Inc., delivering the infrastructure of change, announced today that it has received its first work order under an agreement with Pittsburgh Regional Transit (PRT) to provide construction management services to support the agency’s Zero Emissions Bus Initiative. The project will support battery-electric charging stations for PRTX: The University Line, PRT’s first bus rapid transit project in more than 20 years.

The University Line involves the implementation of a fast, comfortable, and cost-effective bus-based transit system via dedicated lanes and frequent operations, providing a vital east-west connection between downtown Pittsburgh, Uptown, and Oakland, with service improvements extending to the city’s dense East End neighborhoods. PRT aims to enhance Pittsburgh’s public transit infrastructure through improved reliability and connectivity, and to reduce carbon emissions by using zero-emissions vehicles. The $291 million University Line includes the construction of new bus stations, renovations at existing facilities, street right-of-way improvements, and more.

Hill’s first work order involves the construction management and inspection of $18 million of electrical upgrades at the agency’s East Liberty garage and at a layover area along the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. East Busway. The scope includes the installation of charging systems for electric buses and electrical and power supply upgrades. Hill will help the team achieve PRT’s quality, schedule, and cost goals for the project.

“The University Line is important for Pittsburgh’s future,” says Dean Kurutz, Hill’s resident construction manager on the project. “It’s going to make the city’s public transit more robust and help lay the infrastructure for the future transition to a zero-emission fleet. Our team understands the importance of each individual work order to the integrity of the overall program. So, we look forward to getting started and helping PRT realize its goals.”

“Hill has decades of experience supporting PRT, formerly the Port Authority of Allegheny County, on public transit projects,” adds Hill Vice President Therese Shearer. “Dean and his team will leverage that experience, especially their familiarity with PRT’s inspection procedures and construction best practices, to deliver exceptional construction management services from day one.”

“Hill is a proud partner of public transit agencies around the world,” says Hill Chief Executive Officer Raouf Ghali. “As robust public transit is a key to making our cities more sustainable and livable, we are thrilled to help PRT deliver the future of transit in the Pittsburgh region.”

About Hill International

Hill International, with more than 3,200 professionals in over 100 offices worldwide, provides program management, project management, construction management, project management oversight, advisory, dispute resolution, facilities management, and other consulting services to clients in a variety of market sectors. Engineering News-Record magazine recently ranked Hill as one of the largest construction management firms in the United States. For more information on Hill, please visit our website at

Hill is exclusively a program, project, and construction management provider, meaning we have one focus as a company: protecting client interests. Free of any potential conflicts, our entire business is geared towards helping clients achieve their desired outcomes. We are dedicated to exceeding expectations throughout the entire construction project lifecycle and adapt to the needs of each assignment to develop tailored approaches and solutions to meet those needs.

Hill is a proud member of the Global Infrastructure Solutions, Inc. family of companies. Learn more about GISI at

Hill International, Inc.
Elizabeth J. Zipf, LEED AP BD+C
Senior Vice President
(215) 309-7707
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