About this Study

A set of public meetings were held during winter and spring 2018 to continue a conversation with residents about a potential connection between Hazelwood, Greenfield, Four Mile Run, and Oakland. Building off of the conversation about the planned stormwater improvements, a number of transit routes and options were considered to improve the connection between these neighborhoods and the major employment centers of Oakland and Downtown; the current study responds to prior studies that highlighted a need for connectivity through this area.

The intention is to implement this transit solution simultaneously with the stormwater improvements to maximize efficiency and minimize cost and disruption to residents. This connection is intended to provide an alternative to vehicular traffic, and to supplement the public transit system in the area, providing an additional mode of travel to and from major employment centers.

The goal of the study was for community members to weigh in on the transportation routes and technologies that best complement the goals of the immediate neighborhoods. 

Study Area

The neighborhoods within the study area for this effort include Hazelwood, Greenfield, Panther Hollow, Four Mile Run, Squirrel Hill, and Oakland.

The approximate study area is highlighted on the map below in green.

Prior Studies

The chosen mobility solution will build on the PWSA Green First Infrastructure Plan, which calls for green infrastructure to mitigate flooding.

We recognize that the two major sewers that converge at the bottom of the Four Mile Run Watershed contribute to significant flooding, which has impacted residents and businesses in the neighborhood for many years. PWSA has identified a solution and allocated resources to implement the recommended mitigation measures; this study's outcome is intended to align with the construction schedule for the stormwater improvements. By taking on these projects together, we hope to maximize efficiency and minimize costs and disruptions to residents.

Downloads: A presentation and notes from the previous November 2017 meeting are, along with the PWSA Green First Infrastructure Plan, available to download below.

Key Finding: Connecting to Employment Centers

The mobility study began in Fall 2017 by gaining an understanding of traffic movements through this area: analyzing where people were moving to and from. At the public meeting in November, a significant need for connectivity and access between Hazelwood, Greenfield, Four Mile Run, and Oakland to the major employment centers of Oakland and Downtown was articulated.

  • Cost burden of transit: the existing transportation options disproportionately burden these neighborhoods, which have higher average unemployment and lower average incomes than the rest of the city (the average household income in ZIP code 15207, which includs Hazelwood, Greenfield, and Glen Hazel is $39,886, compared to a $52,499 for the City of Pittsburgh as a whole).
  • Needed connections to employment centers: without transit to employment centers, or with limited transit choices to where they work, neighborhood residents contend with long commutes or a lack of overall access.

In response to this need for better connections to job centers, the transit solution found through this process has the goal of providing lower-cost transit and greater access to needed economic opportunities for community residents.