Friday, May 20, 2016

Banks love capitial-intensive projects, after bonds paid off, what do you have?

The Impact of Aging Infrastructure | Mass Transit: "The Port Authority of Allegheny County has 79 bridges, 29 of which are for rail and seven are more than 100 years old. There are also 2 inclines that are more than 130 years old. Its CEO, Ellen McLean, said it’s hard to balance between the high cost of capital repair and expansion. While they can sustain the levels of service they have, they can’t afford to improve or expand."

Monday, March 28, 2016

Pittsburgh looking to expand public transit network

New Pittsburgh Courier: "The coalition, launched in September, includes public and private partners from 10 counties with a goal of connecting people and ideas with one another through transportation. The coalition reached out to 700 organizations, including school districts, labor unions, private employers and diversity advocacy organizations, to collect feedback on what needed to be done to improve transportation."

Sunday, March 6, 2016

The car century was a mistake

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: "Removing vehicles from our streets would make urban life cheaper, safer, quieter and more pleasant. Repurposed parking spaces and, in some cases, travel lanes would provide ample land for walking and cycling, plus any essential street-running public services, such as light rail, trash collection and emergency services. The surplus land can be devoted to public purposes — imagine Manhattan with sidewalks 15 feet wider and room for sidewalk cafes."

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Public Transportation for Livability for all Generations

AARP : "My commute in Pittsburgh is simple: I leave at 7:30 a.m., walk two blocks, wait a couple of minutes, then hop on and ride down the hill. I pull the stop-request cord, thank the driver and stroll around the corner to my office. I'm there by 7:45.

As far as I'm concerned, I've hit the jackpot. No rush-hour headaches, plus I save on gas and parking, and have the luxury to people-watch or zone out for a while. It's easier on the environment, too.

But public transit is not this simple for everyone, especially for older generations who may really need alternatives to driving."

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

The misery of the long-distance suburban pedestrian

Anything but the car: "This, people, is what public transit on a major thoroughfare looks like when it has zero public support, only one trip in the middle of the day. And this lady had to dodge a five-lane thoroughfare mid-block to get to where she was going, which, I suspect, was a hide-and-ride at the Giant Eagle lot up the street. (Hide-and-ride: Like a park & ride, only in a grocery or plaza with prominent no-park-and-ride signs where your car is just one of the masses. If it doesn't stand out, and you park in a different spot every day, you can get away with this for quite a while.)"

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Registration Now Open for the 2014 Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place Conference in Pittsburgh!

Project for Public Spaces: "If you’re anything like us, a conference entirely about complete streets, public health, and placemaking is the highlight of the year! And you’re in luck – We are happy to announce that early-bird registration is now open for the Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place Conference, the premier active transportation conference in the world. Join us in Pittsburgh, PA this September 8-11 along with over 1,000 participants from all over the world including planners, architects, public health professionals, realtors, educators, advocates, and more than a few zealous nuts just like you!"