Are you a big sustainability nerd? Or are you looking for ways to improve transportation in your area? Well, then you’re going want to check out the Rail~Volution conference coming to Pittsburgh this fall. What’s Rail~Volution you might ask? It’s a non-profit organization that seeks to build more livable communities with transit. You know, like what’s happening in forward-thinking cities like Pittsburgh.
The annual three-day conference, previously held in places like Denver, Portland, Dallas, Boston, and San Fran, features 80 sessions related to transit and livability. The event is for “people involved in urban planning, people who are involved in… Read the rest
Gloria Skillings arrived at Pittsburgh’s Penn Station from Philadelphia on a recent August evening. She opted to take the train for the scenic value and because it’s less hassle than flying.
Still, Skillings laments Pittsburgh’s Amtrak service, “It’s limited.”
She’s right. Only one train per day departs from Pittsburgh and services Harrisburg, Philadelphia, New York City, and places in between. Likewise for travellers coming from NYC. They get one shot at getting to Pittsburgh on passenger rail. The Amtrak route is known as the Pennsylvanian
A group called Western Pennsylvanians for Passenger Rail is pushing for increased service on the… Read the rest
Bricolage’s Fifth Wall series seeks to break down the barriers between scripted storytelling and current events in the world at large.
The 2014 Fifth Wall Series continues, as part of the Transit Tales project, with a panel discussion on public transit in Allegheny County. Specifically, how (or if) public input should be included in planning for public transit. Panelists include:
Lucy Spruill – Committee for Accessible Transportation
Bonnie Young-Laing – Hill District Consensus Group
Ben Samson – Architectural Designer
Tom Conroy – Amalgamated Transit Union
Grant Ervin – City of Pittsburgh
Moderated by Chris Potter – Pittsburgh City Paper
Fifth… Read the rest
Almost two months ago – I wrote a blog post about how the car service with the pink mustaches is launching in Pittsburgh. It looks like Pittsburgh has embraced this transportation alternative.
I was actually in the middle of writing a post about how Lyft is another transportation option to get from the city to the airport. Until today the Lyft drivers would only pick up in the city coverage area. But, that just changed with the announcement that Lyft has expanded their coverage area in Pittsburgh.
Lyft Coverage Area Now Includes the Pittsburgh Airport
Lyft has expanded the pick… Read the rest
UPDATE March 2014: If you are interested in trying Lyft – click here to get $25 in ride credit. If you are interested in becoming a driver for Lyft – click here to apply.
I think that one of the things that keeps Pittsburgh from being competitive with other cities is transit. Both transit to and from the city and transit within the city limits.
Can New Apps/Services Address the Cab Problem in Pittsburgh?
If you go to most major US cities – you can hail a cab. It is no secret that, unless you are standing at a downtown… Read the rest