A Local Neighborhood Flexible Semi-Mass-Transportation System Demonstration Project
Poor sidewalks, a lack of parking, and lack of convenient low-cost neighborhood mass transportation are problems requiring new solutions.
See the Full Proposal, attached. The neighborhoods of Mount Washington and Duquesne Heights (MW/DH) in the City of Pittsburgh are transportation-challenged on many levels. Walking, bicycling and even driving on Pittsburgh neighborhood streets is often an adventure, and not in a good way. Sidewalks in many neighborhoods are in poor condition; signs are lacking, not very informative and poorly placed; streets and sidewalks are steep; and parking on sidewalks often makes neighborhood streets travel a dangerous proposition. Personal vehicle parking space is limited, especially near the six business districts. Public transportation is inconvenient and expensive for certain types of travel. Mobility on demand services are expensive. No existing transportation systems are designed to promote local economic development.
The proposed system fills most of the identified vehicular transportation niches in MW/DH. The system addresses problems that mobility-impaired individuals, senior citizens, and Low and Moderate Income individuals encounter when interacting with existing systems. The system addresses many of the problems that local businesses experience due to the poor parking conditions and the fact that there is no transportation system that can move the 1.5 million visitors and tourists per year (who primarily go to Grandview Avenue) into the business districts.
The system is designed, from the beginning, to be flexible, multi-faceted, responsive to demand AND entertaining.