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A Local Neighborhood Flexible Semi-Mass-Transportation System Demonstration Project

Poor sidewalks, a lack of parking, and lack of convenient low-cost neighborhood public transportation are problems requiring new solutions.

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A local neighborhood transportation system that fills transportation niches not served by public mass transportation or the private sector. This model may be applicable to other compact, densely populated neighborhoods in the City of Pittsburgh or elsewhere. The service will supplement existing transportation services, offer new mobility solutions for people who have issues using existing local transportation systems, provide affordable transportation options, and address issues concerning transportation demand during different times of the day (or week, or year). The service is designed from the beginning to be “fun and enjoyable” and improve “journey confidence.”

A full proposal is attached.

Describe who will use your solution (1,000 characters)

Users include: A) Residents, visitors and tourists, who will be able to access local businesses more easily. B) Mobility-impaired people and senior citizens who are not well-served by existing transportation systems. C) Anyone (but, primarily senior citizens and mobility-impaired individuals) whose residence is “too far” from existing bus stops. D) Visitors and tourists, who will benefit from an improved "tourist" experience on The Mount. E) Low and Moderate Income individuals, who will gain a cost-effective method of accessing local business districts and local amenities, including recreational facilities and parks. Who Benefits: Local residents, mobility-impaired individuals, Low and Moderate Income individuals, local businesses, visitors and tourists, the economy of the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County.

Describe your solution's stage of development

  • Initial Design - you are still exploring the idea and have not tested it with users

Tell us about your team or organization (500 characters)

The Mount Washington Community Development Corporation, a 501(c) (3) non-profit founded in 1990, is the only local economic development organization serving the neighborhoods of Mount Washington and Duquesne Heights. MWCDC’s mission is “to engage community, promote development and provide opportunity” in our community, and MWCDC’s vision is to make Mount Washington and Duquesne Heights “the ideal community for diverse residents, businesses and visitors in Pittsburgh.”

Size of your team or organization

  • 2-10

Funding Request

  • $50,000

Describe how you would pilot your idea (1000 characters)

MWCDC is contributing some development costs (per the attached budget) and all assistance provided by the active Board of Directors is uncompensated. MWCDC will seek funding, financing or donations from the following sources: 1) Tiered fare system. 2) Pittsburgh Parking Authority parking fees contribution. 3) Electric company. 4) Vehicle manufacturer/customizer. 5) Job training programs. 6) The City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, who should have an interest in developing affordable niche transportation systems for their residents and tax-payers. 7) Foundations and corporations may provide support since the program integrates with past Emerald View Park development. 8) Local business contributions, annual contributions, and fee-for-fares. 9) U.S. Department of Transportation and Federal Transit Administration demonstration project funding. 10) Advertisements. 11) Sponsorships and naming rights. 12) Merchandising.

Describe how you would measure the success of your pilot (1000 characters)

1) Did the system provide the intended services from a program perspective? 2) How well did the community use the service? 3) How well did the community like the service? 4) Did the service meet local business’ expectations? 5) How well informed were tourists about the service? 6) Did ANY tourists use the service? 7) How many and what types of tours were booked through the service? 8) What was the cost recovery in terms of all the different types of fares? 9) What was the level of external support for the service (e.g., sponsors, donors)? 10) Did mobility-impaired, senior citizens, and LMI users specifically benefit from the service?

Attachments (1)

City of Tomorrow Challenge Full Proposal REV007.docx

This is a full, formal proposal (with a lot of maps and pictures) for the City of Tomorrow Challenge. It includes an abstract, Statement of Needs, elements of the proposed system, a demonstration project timeline and a budget. There are many tasks that need to be performed post-award but before formal work on the project begins. MWCDC has the resources and organizational structure to accomplish those post-award tasks.


Join the conversation:

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This proposal is an idea to develop an independent, non-profit, friendly and fun shuttle-like system that helps underserved residents and tourists on "The Mount" in the City of Pittsburgh. The system fills transportation "niches" and will provide MANY different services, including loops, "feeder" services, targeted service to mobility-impaired and Low and Moderate Income people and many kinds of on-demand services - I especially like the proposed "Tours on Demand." I strongly encourage visitors to this idea to look at the full proposal to get a better understanding of the "The Mount" and the service. All comments are welcome.

BTW, my research did not find any similar service in the U.S. or abroad - if there is one, I'd like to hear about it!

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Hi Gordon - Hope you don't mind - I uploaded an image for you - Good Luck, Katie

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Hi Gordon - many thanks for this very detailed proposal. Can I make a couple of suggestions? you have great maps etc. in the document - they do really bring your idea to life, especially the view of downtown from where you are - use that as the main image on this post. (Ideas look way more interesting with an image to set the scene.) Also it's very involved to get read and get an idea of what you are proposing - you should try to summarise in the form above as well as point the way to the full document. Something like - An idea to develop an independent, friendly and fun trolley or small bus like ride to serve our underserved residents and tourists on The Mount, running in loops around the neighborhood, and connecting with Pittsburgh bus services.... or something like that - just so that you entice the reader (judges!) in to read more - at the moment it's a bit frustrating to not quite be able to tell what this idea is about. This will help with the community voting too. It sounds like a great idea to me (Speaking as a potential tourist!) , wishing you good luck with it! Katie - Facilitator