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Create Transit Stations +Hubs

To create a more effective public transit system, we need to make it easy to get between any two neighborhoods .

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Ideally there would be 3 stations that buses/ trains travel to quickly, you should be able to get to a station on a bus in under 20 mins . Traveling from one station to the next should take 5-10mins tops. A bus from one station to the next should leave every 5 mins. 

Some areas might benefit from a hub, which would be an area where a few buses come and connect the close neighborhoods. From a hub to a station should be quick and direct. I put some hub examples on the map in blue A, B, C, D. The hubs would allow for some smaller buses to run into communities that are not served as well.

An example of this system, if you were in Arlington or South Side Slopes, and want to get to Highland Park, the current bus estimate is an hour or more. With the station and hub method, you can catch a bus to the station in Hazelwood Green within 20 mins. From there you would take a 5 min ride to the East Liberty Station. From East Liberty Station it be about 10 mins to Highland Park. This systems cuts at least 20 mins off the travel. 

The map above is not perfect but it gives an example of how we can simplify the bus system, and increase ridership. Putting a station in Hazelwood Green would help bring in businesses to the soon to be developed area. 

Please let me know you thoughts.

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

The city as a whole will benefit from new transit plan. This initial layout benefits Pittsburgh by simplifying the routes for riders, making getting from one place to the next more direct, and brining a station to an area the city wants to develop. The simplifying of routes is important. At each station you should be able to find simple signage that allows you to figure out where you need to go. If an area has a hub, the hub will have signage that is simple and easy to follow. Right now getting across town on a bus is slow. The stations will not be effected by car traffic. Once at a station getting to the next station is quick and easy. This will reduce some of the travel variables. Pittsburgh wants to develop Hazelwood Green, but the area is hard to get to. Putting a station in Hazelwood Green will show developers that Pittsburgh is ready for the expansion, and it will help serve the current community in Hazelwood.

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)

I am a individual contributor who is passionate about design and layout of cities. As a business minded engineer I find it interested solving the solutions for cities of the future.

Size of your team or organization

  • I am submitting as an individual

Funding Request

  • $25,000

Describe how you would pilot your idea (1000 characters)

First to make money. I would follow the current bus fare system, where a ride is $2.50 and a connection $0.50. I would want to do a cost analysis on making riding from 1 station to the next free. This would be tested against if people were driving how much money would the city lose on maintenance and lost production. Sustainability would be tested by how this plan increases ridership by simplifying the routes. To pilot the idea, I would want to team up with the city, and review the routes that Pittsburgh offers. Then for 1-2 weeks I would want to make mock stations, and slight adjust some routes. Downtown station: close a block and reroute a few buses to come through the station. East Liberty station: Use the current bus station on MLK bus way in East Lib. Hazelwood Green: There is an open field. We would close down a lane or two between each station for testing. Testing for: Reduced travel time Ease of travel Overal satisfaction Ask for community opion

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

I would measure success by a few things: 1) Does this make traveling on public transit easier and more effective? 2) Does it inspire people to take public transit (lowering individual emissions)? 3) Does this new method reduce congestion? To best test this, it be beneficial to find people who might take these routes everyday, and see how a change in the routes changes their time spent on public transit. It would be cheap to test using cones to close down a few lanes. It also help to get volunteers to take certain routes and see how long they really take before and after the testing. An increase in riders would allow the fares to stay the same or possible decrease, I would need to see the current operating budget. Testing for: Reduced travel time Ease of travel Overal satisfaction


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Hi Patrick Solomon ,

I really appreciate how this idea is customized to Pittsburgh's unique public transit needs. I think it does a great job of addressing an issue that has been around for years while establishing why it needs to be prioritized now by pointing out that an update to the public transportation system will be required if we intend to accommodate an influx of people to the currently underutilized areas that developers are seeing as having high potential for large developments.

- Diana, Facilitator

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