Mon-Oakland Mobility Plan
Four Mile Run Watershed Public Process: Next Public Meeting scheduled for May 22, 2018!
Thank you for continuing to stay engaged in the public process regarding the improvements in Four Mile Run. The Mon-Oakland Mobility study is wrapping up, yet PWSA is now moving into the next phase of design for the stormwater improvements in Four Mile Run. On May 22, 2018, we will host a joint meeting to share the findings of the mobility study, and layout the next steps in the final engineering of the PWSA project. This meeting will be hosted jointly by DOMI, the URA, PWSA and the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy (PPC). During this meeting, PWSA will introduce the consultant team that has been selected to do the final engineering for the green infrastructure project in Four Mile Run. This PWSA project builds on the Green First Plan, and is a continuation of the Four Mile Run preliminary design work that was produced by PPC and its partners.
At the last Mon-Oakland Mobility Study meeting on Feb. 20, 2018, we proposed a recommended alignment for the new micro-transit connection, and collected final feedback regarding its alignment and operations. Since then, our engineering team has been working out the details of how this proposed connection will work, including ridership calculations, cost implications, and other operations issues
Since the last public meeting, we have also met with the five local core community groups most impacted by the project to share how the design has evolved and s olicit feedback. We are now finalizing the investigations that are part of this scope, and will share the final findings of this study at the next public meeting.
Date: Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Location: International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) (300 Saline St, Pittsburgh, PA 15207)
Summary of November Public Meetings
On November 14 and 15, The City of Pittsburgh’s Department of Mobility and Infrastructure, in partnership with the Urban Redevelopment Authority, held two public meetings to discuss making connections between Hazelwood, Greenfield, Four Mile Run, and Oakland. The intention of the meetings was to provide information about current demographics, travel patterns, employment centers, and other data that will help us (community, City, and other partners) to arrive at the best solution for making better mobility connections.
This is the beginning of a new process that does has not pre-determined what type of connection would be best, how it could operate, what path it may take, what vehicle/mode it would be, etc. The goal is to have an open dialogue about the best way to solve what is a very real mobility challenge for this part of the City. The mobility needs also dovetail with other infrastructure challenges, such as stormwater management, that are being addressed via partnerships with the Parks Conservancy, PWSA, and others. The green infrastructure solutions proposed can happen independent of a mobility project, but to the extent that we can achieve efficiencies between the projects, we intend to explore those with the community.
This is a summary of what we heard at the public meetings—this is unfiltered information direct from community members. We will take this feedback into account as the process moves forward. More public meetings will take place after the holidays, and we will explore all the options on the table in an open, transparent way. Thank you for your participation in helping to shape this plan.
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Definition of Success
Participants were asked to complete the sentence: “For a mobility connection to be successful for me, it must [be] …”
Concerns, Needs, Wants
Participants were asked to put a numbered dot on a map and write a note that corresponds with that number. Not every dot had a note that matched up, but of the ones that did, here’s what was written. Also, we received a few comments that either were missing a dot, or were intended to apply to a broader geography—those are here, too.
Morning (11/14) Session:
We had a pair of boards set up to get more interactive feedback using a combination of stickers, pushpins, and yarn. One board asked participants to use pushpins to indicate the beginning and end of trips they’d like to make without needing to drive, and to connect them via color-coded yarn (the colors indicated the mode of the trip: red for public transit, green for bicycle, and blue for walking).
Then, participants could use stickers (that had the same color codes for the modes) to describe the purpose of the trip(s) they assembled on the map with the yarn. The trip types could be either commute, errands, recreation, or other—some participants described their trips further with Post-it notes.
Here are things that we heard via the Q&A session immediately following the presentation. Some of these ideas may overlap with what we had on our boards, but they’re shown here for completeness.
Morning (11/14) Session:
Evening (11/15) Session:
Thank you to Mary Shaw, who emailed a concept map for Juno St, which is linked here, and will be shared with the project team for consideration.