When looking long-term, would it be possible to extend transportation that already exists?
It is evident that the cost of such as extension would be extensive. However, this idea has been a topic of conversation of many people that I have known. By extending the light rail system into possible areas like Oakland, Shadyside, Lawrenceville, and East Liberty, to name a few, this would connect those businesses to the people from all around the city and the South Hills. These are growing neighborhoods with the some of the city's best universities and their graduates that invest themselves in the future of Pittsburgh. Better transportation to these neighborhoods will cut back on those short commutes of just a mile or two. I live in Oakland but drive to work in Lawrenceville, although this may only be a couple of miles. I have friends that chose to take jobs downtown but end up living in Mt. Lebanon. They want to utilize the T instead of living in the city and having to take a bus because buses tend to not always be reliable. Traffic from those living south of the city could be dramatically reduced if the T extended to more neighborhoods that included the other major employers like UPMC hospitals in Oakland or even Bakery Square in East Liberty. These neighborhoods are growing at a fast rate and they should be included when identifying new mobility solutions. I believe this partnership is a great opportunity to shed light on the future of Pittsburgh and bring about ideas for great change.