Building on the East Busway; PRT Infill Station Study

Project Overview

The goal of Port Authority’s Building on The East Busway (BOTEB) project is to comprehensively plan TOD and multimodal improvements in the corridor along the Martin Luther King, Jr. East Busway, and study the potential for adding up to three (3) new infill stations. This TOD planning project will focus on a corridor containing four existing stations and three potential new stations along the East Busway. E. Holdings, Inc. has been contracted to assist with public engagement and outreach for the BOTEB project.


Core Services Performed:

  • Public Input Collection & Management
  • Stakeholder Coordination & Engagement
  • Graphic Design
  • Strategic Communications

Client: Pittsburgh Regional Transit

Prime:  Michael Baker International

Timeline:  January 2022 – September 2023

Engagement & Input

In an effort to center on current transit riders and those most likely to depend on transit for their primary mobility in the community, the team has created an engagement plan that includes tailored methods which include in-person and online meetings, pop-up input events, attendance at existing community gatherings and community organization  meetings, static information tables and boards located at stations, mailers and survey cards, and online and mailed surveys. Our team created all materials and collateral for meetings and online engagement, including a project logo and branding guidelines. 

As part of the station infill procedure, Station Area plans have been completed for Wilkinsburg and for Brushton. The team hosted three public meeting series as part of the development of the Station Area plans. Activities within each series included meetings with the Stakeholder Advisory Committee and the public, a series of in-person and online meetings, community pop-ups and mobile table events, and the project website.

In total our team hosted 2 online and 3 in-person meetings and 7 pop-ups, receiving over 480 comments. Throughout engagement the BOTEB project website was kept up-to-date with next steps, informational materials, and what we heard updates. The website also offered additional opportunities for input through surveys and interactive maps.

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Dave Broniecki
Data Engineer, Associate Project Manager

Dave is a NASSCO certified Mechanical Engineer. Specializing in retrieving and analyzing data from various sources to support condition assessment and capital improvement planning activities. Utilizing data to coordinate and track progress on key organizational performance indicators, he assists stakeholders in making decisions related to strategic planning. He has been integral in establishing data management programs essential for planning the future repair and management of large-scale sewer networks.  David works with clients to develop training programs and SOPs that address current maintenance needs and future Capital Improvement Planning.


Christine Barton, PE, PLS
Project Engineer

Christine Barton is a registered civil engineer and land surveyor with expert experience in site design, land development, water resources design for civil/site projects including layouts, utility plans, and permitting, and coordination/management of field survey work.  She has successfully held positions as project manager, project designer, and office manager to serve the needs of the clients within the residential, commercial, military, industrial, and healthcare industries. Core proficiencies include coordination with local land development planning agencies, county conservation districts, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, and the  Pennsylvania Department of Environment.


Irvin Williams, President

As the President and founder of E. Holdings, Irvin is currently focused on the company’s succession, strategic growth, and development. He has both a professional and personal interest in Pittsburgh’s success.  A Pittsburgh native and founder of several development companies, he has an extensive understanding of finance and business, which are vital to the success of this company. He has served in numerous management positions including financial advisor, senior vice president, project manager, general contractor, developer, and construction manager. Active in the local community, he made the decision to dedicate his expertise to rebuilding economically sustainable communities with the approval of their existing residents. In 1996, he and his wife became the first African Americans in Western Pennsylvania to develop and own a commercial office building, Williams Square. He graduated from Pennsylvania State University with an AAS in Mathematics.

Contact: | 412-434-6290

Amy Wiles, AICP
Manager of Planning & Design

Amy’s professional experience crosses a variety of disciplines, ranging from county and multi-municipal comprehensive plans and land use ordinances (zoning and subdivision and land development) to specialized planning studies, such as wayfinding master plans and parks, recreation, trails and greenways plans. She has been employed by E. Holdings for two years and has 20 years of professional experience.

Contact: | 724-448-0286

Alexis Meier, MPP
Director of Communications

Alexis is the Director of Communications at E. Holdings. There she has worked as the Municipal Coordinator for an in-depth municipal assessment project for the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN). She oversees all of E. Holding’s public relations and public outreach efforts. She also brings experience as a Government Affairs Manager for Duane Morris Government Strategies. She worked on community development projects and developing and executing government relations strategies as well as fundraising efforts. She has also spent time navigating our political system in Washington D.C. as the Legislative Staff Assistant for U.S. Senator Rick Santorum. Her understanding of legislation and politics gives her a unique viewpoint when collaborating on civic projects. 

Contact: | 412-656-8850

Janai Williams Smith, MCP
Managing Director and EVP

Janai Smith is the Managing Director and Principal of E. Holdings, Inc. Janai is a versatile, goal-oriented Program Manager with 20+ years of experience supporting the strategic direction of large-scale programs, setting budgets and managing risks while achieving overall company goals and exceeding customer expectations. As a planner and economist, Janai has been involved in a diverse array of projects, among them master plans, urban revitalization plan, visioning studies, brownfield and infill redevelopment projects, strategic planning and infrastructure improvement programs.

Janai’s interest in urban planning, design and infrastructure programs is rooted in a passion for the creation of sustainable communities that deliver equity in planning and implementation by making connections with people and their built environment. Her affinity for complex problem-solving can be seen in the diverse array of projects in which she’s been engaged from revitalization plans for depressed urban neighborhoods to brand new communities and programs. Leading a process-oriented, multidisciplinary team, Janai’s dedication to achieving consensus in her client’s goals and stakeholders’ vision has made a significant contribution to the successful development of numerous projects. 

Contact: | 412-728-5726