The I-579 “Cap” is intended to be a transformative project that will reconnect the Lower Hill District and Downtown neighborhoods of the City of Pittsburgh. The I-579 Crosstown Boulevard highway created a trench that separated the Hill District from the economic and cultural life of downtown. The “Cap” would be a structure spanning over the existing highway — an approximately 230 foot wide structure between the Centre Avenue Bridge and Bigelow Boulevard Bridge. It will create a new urban public open space of approximately three acres with accessible pedestrian and bicycle pathways. Moreover, it will incorporate much needed sustainable stormwater and energy strategies.
Tomorrow, Wednesday, February 24th, the Port Authority of Allegheny County will hold their first public hearing at the William Penn Ballroom on establishing a flat fare to replace the current zone system. There will be a second public hearing from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on March 8 at the Connolly Ballroom inside Alumni Hall in Oakland.
A reminder that tonight, the City of Pittsburgh is holding a Complete Streets public meeting at 6:30 p.m., hosted by University of Pittsburgh. The Department of City Planning and the National Complete Streets Coalition will kick off the discussion around Complete Streets for Pittsburgh. Presentations include City Planning Director Ray Gastil; Emiko Atherton, Director of the National Complete Streets Coalition; and Jeff Riegner, Complete Streets Expert and Workshop Instructor.
Whether you travel by car, bus/T, ridesharing, taxi, bike or walking, we all use our streets, roads, and sidewalks and we all should have a say in the future of transportation in our region. So far, over 20,000 of you have taken the “Make My Trip Count” survey, which is a first-of-its-kind effort to learn how commuters in the Pittsburgh region travel to work and to school. If you still haven’t participated, you have about 24 hours left to make your voice heard!
PITTSBURGH, PA (October 14, 2015) Joining Federal Transit Administration Regional Administrator Terry Garcia-Crews and other partners, Mayor William Peduto today ceremonially relaunched the East Liberty Station on the Martin Luther King, Jr East Busway after undergoing a significant reconstruction.
PITTSBURGH, PA (September 14, 2015) Mayor William Peduto, in partnership with Green Building Alliance, the Pittsburgh 2030 District, Envision Downtown and others, today announced the “Make My Trip Count” survey, a first-of-its-kind effort to learn how commuters in the Pittsburgh region travel to work and to school. The two-part survey takes three to 10 minutes and is available online at makemytripcount.org through October 16, 2015. Information gathered from the respondents will create a valuable set of information about local commuters, enabling local decision-makers to have more complete data when making important strategic decisions regarding transportation, infrastructure and development.
On Sunday, August 30th, you can join thousands of Pittsburghers touring the Steel City by bike–in all its unique splendor–at PedalPGH. For over 20 years, PedalPGH has been Western PA’s largest ride. This is not a race! It’s a casual, fun ride for Burghers of all ages and fitness levels to explore the neighborhoods, parks, bridges, and geography of our scenic city. In addition to the scenery, it showcases Pittsburgh’s safe and bike-friendly streets.
The Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission (SPC) is the regional planning agency for our area (including Allegheny and nine other counties). The Commission is responsible for planning and prioritizing the use of all state and federal transportation funds allocated to the region. Moreover, the Commission “develops plans and programs for public investments; fulfills federal and state requirements for transportation, economic development, and local government assistance programs; and operates with public involvement and trust.” They are currently updating their long range plan (“Mapping the Future: The Southwestern PA Plan”) to meet future needs to the year 2040. They have put out a notice for a public comment period and public meetings. The next meeting to be held in Pittsburgh will be on June 4th at 6:00 p.m. in the SPC Conference Center at Two Chatham Center in Downtown Pittsburgh.
Tomorrow, May 14th at 6:00 p.m., there will be a public meeting to discuss Phase II of the Penn Avenue Reconstruction Project. You can join your neighbors in giving community input to the Department of Public Works. The information the DPW gathers will play an important role in determining how to proceed with Phase II of the reconstruction project. A total of $5M in public funding is committed to Phase II.
Public meetings on BRT and EcoInnovation District set for Tuesday, May 5, and Wednesday, May 6
PITTSBURGH, PA (April 28, 2015) The City of Pittsburgh is seeking public input on an action plan for transit improvements and community development in the corridor between Downtown and neighborhoods east.