Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that the City has released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to begin plans for a streetcar system and additional transportation improvements in the Strip District. Consultants are asked to create a visual and financial model for the Strip District, between 10th and 40th Streets, representing development and transportation system enhancements such as addressing traffic concerns on Liberty Ave., bikeway improvements along Penn Ave, etc.
“From the Cork Factory to the Otto Milk Building, and now the progress of the new ‘Residences at the Strip’ development, we’ve seen a lot of positive movement recently in the Strip District." said Ravenstahl. “New transportation improvements will build on this momentum by providing residents with better transit options and more bike/pedestrian-friendly ways to get in and around the neighborhood.”
Among the improvements included in the model will be the introduction of a streetcar line through the heart of the Strip District and multimodal improvements along Penn and Liberty Avenue. A multimedia piece will be developed to showcase how all of the improvements will work together, and a strategic financing plan will be developed to initiate a swift implementation strategy.
Consultant teams will work with the City of Pittsburgh’s Planning Department, neighborhood groups, business owners, investors, developers, and other organizations. The $345,000 planning project is funded by the City of Pittsburgh and PennDOT through the Pennsylvania Community Transportation Initiative.
Qualifications Packages are due to the Department of City Planning by 12:00 p.m. on Sept. 23, 2011, and a consultant will be selected in November. The detailed RFQ is available on the City’s website at: www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/cp/.