Hi Again, sorry if I am over-posting, but I think this is a really big issue.
RIDC developed the Thorn Hill area to help boost Pittsburgh in a number of ways (from my understanding-correct me if I am wrong). They call it an "industrial park" but my company isn't industrial and this is not out of the norm--there are many corporate entities in this mix.
My company happens to be an information, publishing, technology, and events entity. We are very valuable to the Pittsburgh area, yet inaccessible to most of the East Side by the current transportation structure. We are a just a small part of why the Cranberry/Mars area is booming, but a lot of us prefer city living, especially because Pittsburgh is so awesome. However many of my colleagues have moved into Cranberry or Northward.
I just hired a Pitt master's level grad who lives in Oakland and had to be honest with her about the commute issues. Luckily, she still accepted the position. I hope this helps in your research.
Yeah, I'm actually moving and it's costing me a lot of $ b/c it's considered a local move by my employer. It doesn't qualify as a "relocation." Good note: Great Job! I love the East Side but I spend up to 2-5 hours driving every work day. I have to go into the city and back out. Couldn't there be a better way? I've tried workarounds but they take as long. I would love to help on a planning board.