Thank you for the support. MWCDC will be submitting a proposal. My research tends to indicate that nothing like what MWCDC wants to propose, in total, exists in the U.S. - in part, yes - in total, no. I have contacted the FTA, EPA, APA, trade organizations, etc. and have been told that these organizations are unaware of any comprehensive multi-tasked neighborhood transportation system, and I have received some support (and many suggestions to include autonomous vehicles). My email to Claudia disappeared from the blog (?) record - no idea why. MWCDC is working with Jeff Ericson of RubyRide on a Mobility on Demand demonstration project for the FTA, but we are in the earliest negotiations. It IS possible that the MWCDC COT proposal could benefit from a partnership with someone who owns a "ride-summoning" technology.
Aly, I contacted Claudia, and I see at least one other "explore" that might relate to the MWCDC "explore" comment. It is possible that multiple organizations in Pittsburgh can work on this concept. I am doing my research (which could be extensive) as we speak, and will reach out as appropriate. If multiple groups work on the project, I'm not sure the proposal would consist of more than a research project. MWCDC has been exploring a similar project since 2017, and we're hoping to get a pilot project in place within a year (which may be too optimistic) - we intended to submit a "Tourism Development" proposal to local foundations - a "semi-mass transportation system" would be bundled with a Visitor Center(s), Marketing and Outreach, website development, and various "mini" studies on how to improve the tourist/visitor experience on Mount Washington.
Hi Aly, I will contact Claudia today or tomorrow. MWCDC has been kicking the idea around since 2017, and being self-funding is a problem to solve (not one that we HAVE solved). I will be working on a more complete plan (possibly a pilot project) with the financials soon. MWCDC is working on getting pictures of potential systems, topographical maps, destination micro-neighborhoods and bus routes on The Mount (to show why neighborhood "semi" mass transportation could be a good idea).