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!
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.