Whether you travel by car, bus/T, ridesharing, taxi, bike or walking, we all use our streets 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! The two-part survey takes about three to ten minutes and is available online at makemytripcount.org through tomorrow. Information gathered from 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.
Next, back in March, we wrote about the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission’s (SPC) “Mapping the Future” Investment Priorities Survey. It sought your priorities on strategies and how to spend money on transportation in the region as they updated their long range plan to meet future needs to the year 2040. You can view their June 2015 report here.
Also in the news on the subject of transportation, the Regional Transportation Alliance of Southwestern Pennsylvania (RTA) launched their “Imagine Transportation” Community Feedback Initiative. According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, “The new group will spend eight weeks soliciting feedback from more than 700 organizations in the region, from schools to chambers of commerce to social service organizations, on their transportation needs. From there, the commission of 22 elected officials and private sector leaders will sort through the feedback to find consensus on long-term projects.” If you feel your organization still needs to be involved in the process, you can request to be included here (they are only accepting one response per organization).
Lastly, PennDOT has begun accepting applications for funding transportation improvement projects under the Multimodal Transportation Fund. These are funds which help communities with needed transportation improvements that otherwise may not move forward. It’s an opportunity for worthwhile local projects to secure the support needed to come to fruition. Applications are evaluated on such criteria as safety benefits, regional economic conditions, the technical and financial feasibility, job creation, energy efficiency, and operational sustainability. Eligible applicants will include municipalities, councils of governments, businesses, economic development organizations, public transportation agencies, rail/freight, and ports in order to improve transportation assets in order to enhance communities, pedestrian safety, and transit revitalization.