Pittsburgh Regional Transit Strategic Plan

Project Overview

The Port Authority of Allegheny County is undertook a strategic planning effort that will define their vision, goals, and objectives for the next 5 years. This process includes establishing the sequence in which those goals should be realized so that the organization can reach its stated vision and how they can best support County residents.


Core Services Performed:

  • Stakeholder Facilitation
  • Input Workshops
  • Graphic Design
  • Editorial Design
  • Report Production
  • Data Management

Client: Pittsburgh Regional Transit

Prime:  Michael Baker International

Timeline:  January 2022 – present

Strategic Plan Development

Our planning team lead 2 senior leadership workshops which included planning and conducting exercises to identify and confirm the Pittsburgh Regional Transit’s (PRT) vision, mission, strategic themes, goals, objectives, performance management, financial impact, and an action plan. The information gathered in these workshops was supplemented by external and internal analysis to identify customers, markets, and trends affecting the region. Also included in the plan was data gathered from previous strategic management documents, departmental responsibilities, organizational charts, system-wide performance management information, and relevant regulatory and legislative impacts.

The team then designed and produced a plan document that incorporated graphic and editorial design elements to organize the information in a way that is engaging and easy to understand. We also incorporated infographics and relevant photos to enhance the message and allow for easy consumption. The final report is available to read on PRT’s website.

View the final plan

Strategic Plan Implementation

E. Holdings Inc has been contracted to continue work on the Strategic Plan through the implementation phase. Our team will provide advisory and facilitation capacity to develop an Action Plan that includes multiple approaches, functions, and outcomes through the first foundational year and into the second of the five-year Strategic Plan. Activities include a deliberate roll out plan designed to build foundational infrastructure, internal processes, capacity, and foster acceptance and willingness to actively support and participate in meeting strategies, objectives and goals outlined in the Strategic Plan. Effectively, the goal is to provide direction, strategy management, alignment and buy-in with partners, integration of the Strategic Plan, clearly defined roles and responsibilities, determine and implement measurables, and determine critical paths and deadlines.

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.

Contact: dave.broniecki@eholdingsinc.com

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.

Contact: christine.barton@eholdingsinc.com

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: irvin.williams@eholdingsinc.com | 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: amy.wiles@eholdingsinc.com | 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: alexis.meier@eholdingsinc.com | 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: janai.smith@eholdingsinc.com | 412-728-5726