Mayor Luke Ravenstahl this afternoon presented his vision for transportation, entitled MOVEPGH, to a task force and management committee of transportation officials, gearing the City up for the next round of federal transportation funding.
"There are six transportation agencies that are responsible for maintaining our City's transportation systems," Ravenstahl said. "If we are going to be the best City we can be, we must be able to move our people around more easily and efficiently, and we must bring all agencies to the table."
The Mayor was pleased with the inaugural meeting, in which he informed the stakeholders of their role in the creation of the transportation blueprint.
"The inaugural meeting was extremely successful, and everyone is excited to roll up their sleeves and get to work," Ravenstahl said. "I want to put us ahead of the curve when it comes to being prepared for the next generation of smart projects eligible for transportation, housing, community block grant and environmental program funding."
President Barack Obama and Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood have indicated that the next transportation bill will fund urban areas that have a plan for "livable communities" which utilize multi-modal transportation systems and promote sustainability and socio-economic opportunities. The key to the success of the plan will be to combine land use and transportation planning to maximize the benefits of a complete multi-modal transportation system.
"MOVEPGH is about moving people, not just cars. We need to make our roads, rivers, rails, trails and mass transit work in a way that better connects people with where they live, work and play," Ravenstahl said.
Following today's launch, the Department of City Planning will engage the Management Committee to coordinate the scope of the project. Once a consultant team has been selected, the MOVEPGH Team will conduct a series of issue-based Focus Groups such as:
The Management Committee will work through this Spring to finalize the scope of the project. It is anticipated that the full MOVEPGH Team will receive their notice to proceed by October of 2010. Once the full team is active, all potential stakeholders can be connected to the effort through a variety of interactions, media and community meetings.
The cost for the process is estimated at $1.1 million.
MOVEPGH Task Force:
The MOVEPGH Management Committee is comprised of a diverse group of stakeholders with interests and responsibilities for public health, education, the environment, technology, infrastructure, economic development, neighborhood renewal and preservation, and active transportation.
The MOVEPGH Transportation Plan follows the Parks and Open Space and Cultural Heritage Chapters of the Mayor's Comprehensive Plan for the City of Pittsburgh, entitled PLANPGH.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
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