Transportation and Mobility
The transportation and mobility study that we will be preparing for the Hill District is just one component of the larger Hill District Neighborhood Plan effort that is underway. This study is for everyone who lives, works, visits, and loves the Hill District.
Our efforts will focus on the ability for users of all ages and abilities to easily and safely access jobs, schools, grocery stores, doctors, recreational opportunities, and other services that are essential to the function of any city. Improvements and enhancements to the transportation network that make it more accessible for all users regardless of age, ability, or mode plays a vital role in ones economic mobility.
Throughout this process, we will be working with the community to identify mobility needs as well as short- and long-term priority projects. We hope you will join us throughout this process.
There will be a number of mobility-specific meetings throughout the transportation study planning process. At this time, we are asking you to tell us where your areas of highest concern and need exist. Also opportunities. We will compile the findings and start to formulate a list of both short- and long-term projects by project type. We will bring these lists back to you so we can talk about them further, identify where the opportunities and challenges exist, and start to build a priority list of projects. Ultimately, we aim to put together a comprehensive list of projects and other recommendations to improve access and mobility for Hill District residents that help address existing need and support revitalization efforts in line with community goals.
The more we hear from you and the more we talk through the needs, concerns, issues, and opportunities as they relate to transportation and mobility in the Hill District, the stronger the recommendations that come out of the plan will be.
We will be building off the recommendations identified in the Greater Hill District Master Plan as well as the Centre Avenue Redevelopment and Design Plan and Bedford Choice Plan.
Learn more about opportunities to be involved on the homepage.
We are in the earliest stages of developing this website. It will be used as the main portal for us to collect feedback, for you to see what others are saying, and get information on next steps. Information about upcoming events will also be posted here as well as ongoing ways to provide feedback. Project-related documents will be added as they become available.
Currently, we are soliciting input via the WikiMap below. Here you can place a pin on a trouble spot and tell us the issue. There is also a phone number there if you would prefer tell us that way.
Separate but coordinated transportation-related planning efforts include the Downtown – Uptown – Oakland – East End Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project and the Port Authority of Allegheny County's (PAAC) long-range plan. More information about these projects is below.
There is a lot of exciting work going on. There is also a lot to keep current on. We are here to answer questions should you have them.
Downtown – Uptown – Oakland – East End BRT
The PAAC, City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, and Urban Redevelopment Authority have partnered to advance a BRT project in the Downtown – Uptown – Oakland – East End corridor. The service is comprised of a core route operating from Downtown to Wilkinsburg via the East Busway with branches extending from Oakland to Highland Park and Squirrel Hill, and bus services extending well beyond Squirrel Hill in the Monongahela Valley. Through a program of upgrades including exclusive bus lanes, transit signal priority, stations, specially stylized buses, and branding, the BRT project will provide a more reliable and visible transit solution in Southwestern Pennsylvania’s busiest transit corridor. Core route service will be provided with fifteen 60’ battery electric buses. Also included in the project are new bicycle lanes and pedestrian facilities. Revenue service is scheduled to begin in late 2023.
To guide decisions on improving transit for the next 25 years, PAAC is conducting its long-range plan, known as NEXTransit. This plan’s goals are a future transit system which is accessible, affordable, efficient, equitable, and sustainable. Through evaluation of travel data in Allegheny County and an extensive program of outreach with citizens, stakeholders, elected officials, and local, county, and regional agencies, the project team has identified transit service gaps and a developed preliminary set of proposals to address those gaps as well as improve service in corridors were transit service currently exists. The plan also proposes new systemwide policies and programs that PAAC can develop to further achieve its goals. The plan, which is ongoing throughout spring and summer 2021, will recommend a prioritized program of transit improvements over a 25-year period.