Eliminating congestion with support from our storied past
Leveraging old industrial rail infrastructure to build a new affordable light rail system. Foundations of our past moving us forward.
Example of Abandon Rail
Industrial and Passenger Rail Infrastructure
We currently have 100s of miles of unused, or inactive industrial rail in Pittsburgh that runs to the three major suburbs - West(Moon Township), East(Monroeville), North(Cranberry). As these areas developed over time - it has increased highway congestion for the city. Pittsburgh is one of the very few cities in the United States that has the opportunity of a lifetime to be able to provide a light rail solution at a nominal capital expense in comparative to typical light rail infrastructure costs. If Pittsburgh is able to collaborate with the three municipalities to invest, and acquire the sitting industrial rail from current private industry owners, the city has an opportunity to renovate the track without having to flatten mountains, or tunnel underneath them as it’s already completed. This could then be tied to the, "T" offering a rapid infrastructure expansion w/fiscally sound investment.
All that is needed is acquisition with track revitalization an station builds. If Pittsburgh was able to create collaboration with the municipalities seize the industrial track rights, and invest in the revamp of the rail - it could alleviate massive amount of congestion off the major highways and offer people a cheap, envirommentally friendly solution to get to work.
Purchase the rights, update the track, build the stations and within 5 years you have a fully operating light rail system that enhances Pittsburgh’s mobility, increases revenues, and drives out environmental impacts.