Port of Pittsburgh

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Map shows general area of the Pittsburgh port region.

"The Port of Pittsburgh is defined [by the United States Army Core of Engineers] as all of the locks and dams within southwestern Pennsylvania."[1]

The Port of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is a vast river traffic region that encompasses a twelve county area including Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Blair, Butler, Clarion, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Washington, and Westmoreland Counties, essentially all 200 miles of commercially navigable waterways in southwestern Pennsylvania. It includes the three major rivers in southwestern PA: the Allegheny, the Monongahela, and the Ohio. This waterway is made navigable by a system of seventeen locks and dams. The Port of Pittsburgh supports over 200 river terminals and barge industry service suppliers, including privately owned public river terminals. The Port complex is served by the CSX and Norfolk Southern railroads and by four interstate highways. The Port of Pittsburgh Commission acts as a comprehensive service for shippers and industries seeking information on the river system.

Unlike the Port of Miami, for example, the Port of Pittsburgh, does not refer to a specific geographic location but to the broader geographical context under which the Pittsburgh port industry conducts its broad scope of activity. [2]

Port of Pittsburgh Commission[edit]

Not to be confused with Port Authority of Allegheny County.
Port of Pittsburgh Commission
Port of Pittsburgh Commission logo.gif
Agency overview
Formed 1992
Agency executive
  • James McCarville[3], Executive Director
Parent agency Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Website http://www.port.pittsburgh.pa.us

The Port of Pittsburgh Commission is a government agency of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania that manages the port of Pittsburgh, which is the second-largest inland port in the United States.[4]

Pittsburgh's port ranks as the 21st largest port overall in the United States with almost 34 million short tons of river cargo for 2011, the port ranked 9th largest in the U.S. when measured in domestic trade.[5]


The Commission has responsibility for Ohio River shipping within Pennsylvania, and the navigable portions of the Allegheny River and the Monongahela River. The federal Maritime Administration designated the Ohio River as part of a new federal marine highway, called M-70, with the name taken from I-70, a major highway used by trucks in the region.[6]

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  1. ^ http://www.lrp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Navigation.aspx
  2. ^ Port of Pittsburgh Commission: http://www.port.pittsburgh.pa.us/index.aspx?page=127
  3. ^ Fontaine, Tom (2010-10-11). "Local waterway designated as federal marine highway". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Archived from the original on 2011-01-23. Retrieved 2011-01-23. No money went to the Pittsburgh region or the M-70 corridor, though Port of Pittsburgh Commission Executive Director James McCarville said the region applied for $35 million to bring wireless broadband technology to vessels that use the river. 
  4. ^ "The Port District and the Inland Waterway System". The Port of Pittsburgh Commission. 
  5. ^ "U.S. PORT RANKING BY CARGO VOLUME 2011" (PDF). Aapa.files.cms-plus.com. Retrieved 2016-03-12. 
  6. ^ Fontaine, Tom (2010-10-11). "Local waterway designated as federal marine highway". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Archived from the original on 2011-01-23. Retrieved 2011-01-23. The Ohio River from Pittsburgh to Cairo, Ill., is part of the new M-70 marine highway corridor. It includes the Mississippi River, from Cairo to just north of St. Louis; and the Missouri River, from the St. Louis area to Kansas City. 

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