PITTSBURGH, PA (September 23, 2021) The City of Pittsburgh Department of Mobility and Infrastructure (DOMI) has released the 2070 Mobility Vision Plan, a long range vision for the future of mobility in Pittsburgh. The plan provides an ambitious strategic roadmap to maintain past investments, address current disparities and meet future mobility needs with a just, efficient, accessible and sustainable transportation system over the next 50 years.
The 2070 Mobility Vision Plan serves as a guide for infrastructure investment to improve mobility justice and economic growth. It is rooted in DOMI’s core values - safety, equity and resiliency - while planning for a future that will see not only the rapid development of mobility innovation but also the impact of climate change. DOMI staff reviewed projects, plans and community input prepared over the decades and from across the city as the foundation for the project list. Public engagement for the 2070 Mobility Vision Plan reiterated many of these ideas and generated new ones.
“When we think about Pittsburgh, we think about innovation and that includes our transportation and mobility networks,” said Mayor William Peduto. “After working with the community to define their vision for the future of transportation in Pittsburgh, DOMI has outlined a strategic path forward of what could be possible in the next five, 20 and 50-years.”
The ambitious long-term plan include large-scale projects, such as an aerial ropeway transit network (gondolas), rapid direct transit to the airport, three new river crossings, an urban terminal for vertical take-off and landing aircraft and high-speed intercity transit. Shorter-term investments in the plan call for ubiquitous and accessible sidewalks, a complete and connected bike(+) network and green infrastructure street retrofits.
"It may be tempting to dismiss the 2070 Mobility Vision Plan as fantastical or audacious,” said Director Karina Ricks, “but that would be a mistake. Fifty years is a long time, and a lot will change. Look back at how much has changed over the last fifty. It is critical we have a plan to guide us.”
The 2070 Mobility Vision Plan can be viewed here.