Congestion in downtown Pittsburgh and the North Shore is a serious issue when the Steelers are playing home games, due to the huge influx of out of town drivers looking for parking near Heinz Field. If a portion of Penn Avenue from 17th to 20th Street in the Strip District were closed to car traffic on game days and instead featured an array of vendors and pre-game concerts, or other fan experiences, it could draw out of town visitors to the area before the games. Incorporating this solution with the proposed street car from the Strip District to the Wood St. T-Station could divert many of the would-be Downtown or North Shore parkers to the Strip District, reducing the burden of game day traffic in those neighborhoods. Until the street car is developed, a public private partnership could be utilized with the autonomous vehicle companies doing testing in the Strip District, such as Argo AI, to shuttle individuals to the station. This would have significant impacts on traffic congestion during some of the most popular events in the city, providing a better game-day experience for anyone who would find themselves in said areas. The solution would also compliment many of the goals stated in the City's "Strip District Transportation and Land Use Plan", aiding in its implementation.
Reduce congestion Downtown and on the North Shore on Steelers' game days by attracting fans to park in other parts of the city
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