2070 TRANSPORTATION VISION PLAN

City of Pittsburgh's 2070 Transportation Vision Plan

The Department of Mobility and Infrastructure (DOMI), the City of Pittsburgh’s newest department formed in 2017, is pleased to announce the launch of our 2070 Transportation Vision Plan. We hope you will join us in identifying ways to improve and enhance transportation, mobility, and access for all residents, employees, and visitors in this beautiful and topographically diverse place we call home.

Below is an overview of the project as well as the numerous ways DOMI staff are looking to solicit input over the summer and into the fall of 2019. We hope you will join us on this exciting and ambitious journey.

City of Pittsburgh 2070 Transportation Vision Plan graphic

Background

As city residents, some multiple generations deep, many of us have experienced first hand the decades long population decline brought on by changes in industry and economy. In recent years, however, the city has been experiencing a resurgence fueled by the innovation, technology, research, education, and finance sectors. The city we call home, the same city that not too long ago lost more than half of its population, is now continuously touted as one of the most livable places in the United States.

While the population has yet to experience considerable growth, the era of decline appears to be looking at us through the rear view. We believe growth is inevitable, and we must be ready for it so we can do so in a way that is equitable, preserves affordability, enables opportunities for existing, returning, and future residents, and meets our commitments to environmental improvement and resiliency. Our infrastructure network must be prepared for a time of growth.

As we evaluate transportation investment and work towards the continued development of a transportation network that benefits all users, we should recall the ingenuity of generations past (i.e., a robust and extensive streetcar network, inclines, steps, and bridges) and the infrastructure legacy they left behind. When the network was conceived, private automobiles were a thing of the future. Today, we have pedestrians, bicyclists, automobiles, buses, and newer modes often times competing for the same space.

The modernization of remaining assets has provided us with some flagship initiatives, including the conversion of rail right-of-way to support the East Busway and introduction of Healthy Ride supported by new bike lanes. The network has many valuable assets that we can leverage to help us achieve our goals of enhanced mobility; however, it also has its challenges. As we look towards the future, we must consider that congestion will continue if continue to move in 2070 as did in 2010, especially if we add population as anticipated.

 

Objective

The objective of the 2070 Transportation Vision Plan is to identify where and how people need and want to travel. We want to develop an ambitious and far-reaching vision plan for a complete and connected network capable of sustainably supporting a revitalized Pittsburgh. This plan will also help identify a tactical and strategic two-year action agenda to direct DOMI’s activities and investments to advance on stated goals and make incremental progress toward implementation of the long-range vision.

 

How This Connects to Other City-wide DOMI Initiatives

DOMI has numerous city-wide and neighborhood-specific planning initiatives that are in progress. Ongoing and future planning efforts will help us moves closer towards achieving our long-term vision. City-wide initiatives are described in additional detail below.

  • Pedestrian Safety Action Plan. Efforts undertaken as part of this study were designed to help identify a network of streets for future pedestrian investments. The analysis used numerous inputs to identify high-pedestrian crash locations, high-risk pedestrian corridors, high-need pedestrian corridors, and key walking streets. Findings from the analysis in combination with stakeholder input will be used to inform a final network for future policy and infrastructure improvements as part of the City’s Pedestrian Safety Action Plan. The City considers a complete sidewalk network to be non-negotiable component of our transportation network and we are working towards achieving this goal. The plan will be completed in Fall 2019.
  • Bike Plan. The Pittsburgh Bike Plan will set the framework for building a safe, comfortable, and convenient bike network for all types of riders and all types of trips. As part of the planning process, DOMI set up an interactive map to solicit community feedback regarding gaps within the existing bike and trails network. At this time, we have a list of proposed bike lanes and trails as well as identified network gaps that we are working towards implementing. The City considers a complete bicycle network to be non-negotiable component of our transportation network and we are working towards achieving this goal. This plan will be completed in Winter 2019.
  • Complete Streets Design Guidelines. Through the adoption of the Pittsburgh Complete Streets Policy in 2016, the City puts people walking, biking, and taking transit on equal footing with people driving motor vehicles in an effort to improve the quality of life for all Pittsburghers. Subsequent activities include the ongoing preparation of Complete Streets Design Guidelines that are intended to serve as the framework for reprogramming streets to be great public spaces that also facilitate the introduction of multi-modals corridors and safe, connected, and convenient transportation networks. This project will be completed in Winter 2019.

 

We Want to Hear From You

Think big, think small. Much of what was old could be new again. Ways to move that did not exist until recently, those we have not fully conceived, or simply have not had in the city before should be considered too. This could be manifested in the form of restored streetcar transit, reemphasis on bicycling and walking, gondolas (aerial trams) where once there were inclines, and water taxis, among others.
We ask that you consider the following:

  • What in the existing transportation network works well?
  • What does not? How can we improve this?
  • What connections between and among neighborhoods should we focus on?
  • How can we improve transportation, mobility, and access across the city and larger region?
  • Where do you need and want to go that is difficult with the existing transportation network?

Think big, think small. Much of what was old could be new again. Ways to move that did not exist until recently, those we have not fully conceived, or simply have not had in the city before should be considered too. This could be manifested in the form of restored streetcar transit, reemphasis on bicycling and walking, gondolas (aerial trams) where once there were inclines, and water taxis, among others.

Over the summer and into the fall of 2019, DOMI staff will be fanning out to neighborhoods across the city. We will have a traveling exhibit that includes a series of maps that will be used to solicit input for the 2070 Transportation Vision Plan and showcase some of our ongoing projects.

Here is a list of events that we are currently planning to attend. If you have an event that you would like us to attend or people you would like us to reach out to, please email us at MOBILITY2070@pittsburghpa.gov. Events may include neighborhood festivals, farmers markets, block parties, or even community yard sales, to name a few. We cannot guarantee that we will be able to attend all events, but we are hoping to reach all corners of the city so any inputs you can provide are welcome.

In addition, we have put together an interactive map that allows you to provide comments from home, work, or even the bus or train. Please visit the map by following the link found here: https://wikimapping.com/Pittsburgh2070.html. There is also a short survey to fill out in addition to or separate from the interactive map.

Please visit our Twitter and Instagram accounts to provide comment and see what other people are saying.

https://twitter.com/PGH2070  https://www.instagram.com/pghtransportation2070/

 

Plan Meeting
Plan Meeting
Hand drawn map of plan.
Hand drawn map of plan.

Images from transportation-related professionals and stakeholders kick-off meeting in May 2019.