In this week's Monday Memo: New “Talking Pittsburgh w/ Mayor Peduto” Podcast and More | All About Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) | Thank You, SEIU 32BJ! | O Captain! My Captain! (Become a Neighborhood Captain)
In a March editorial, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette declared it was time to bring on Bus Rapid Transit -- a system that combines the efficiency of rail rapid transit with the low cost and flexibility of buses. Now, you have the opportunity to make your voice heard where in Oakland the proposed BRT line will operate and where the BRT should go.
PITTSBURGH, PA (Dec. 16, 2016) - The City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Works has issued a Snow Level 1 Alert effective 12:00 a.m. Saturday, December 17, 2016.
The City of Pittsburgh's Department of City Planning will host four city-wide Bike Plan Open Houses in July to kick-off the public process of updating the existing Bike Plan which was created in 1999. Of course, much has changed since then, including the hiring of a Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator, the addition of protected bike lanes, the opportunity to use high-tech bike shares, and a trail that connects Pittsburgh to Washington D.C. Now, you have the opportunity to help shape the future of biking in Pittsburgh!
What does the future hold for mobility? Is it self-driving cars? More bike sharing, car sharing, and ride sharing? How about smart parking and ever smarter transportation apps? On July 11th, you're invited to attend the "Future of Mobility" Forum convened by the Regional Transportation Alliance of SWPA (RTA) at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater. Come out and learn how new technological developments are changing how transportation systems operate.
Transportation justice is the belief that all neighborhoods and communities should have access to safe, reliable, and affordable transportation options. Having good alternatives to cars -- such as public transit, bikes, and safe sidewalks -- helps to ensure that everyone can access employment opportunities, decent schools and affordable housing. Additionally, less reliance on cars, reduces pollution. Transportation justice also seeks to ensure that everyone -- including those with disabilities, the elderly, children, and low-income residents -- all have equal access to good mobility.
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!