What is the intent of the Mon-Oakland Mobility Project?
The Mon-Oakland Mobility Project is intended to provide alternatives to vehicular traffic and supplement the public transit system in the area, providing an additional mode of travel to and from major employment centers. The mobility solution will be implemented simultaneously with stormwater improvements to maximize efficiency and minimize cost and disruption to residents.
What does the Mon-Oakland Mobility Project include?
The project includes the design of two facilities - a publicly accessible and controlled mobility corridor and a bike/ped trail that will expand upon the existing bicycle and pedestrian routes and connect the communities of Hazelwood, Greenfield, Four Mile Run, and Oakland. The mobility corridor is being designed to accommodate future mobility technologies that are quiet, electric, and safe, such as electric shuttles, e-bikes, and e-scooters. The separate bike/ped trail will accomodate non-motorized transportation in the area and provide additional connections. The bike/ped trail will include improvements to the Junction Hollow Trail in Schenley Park. While the City of Pittsburgh’s Department of Mobility is leading the design and construction of the facilities, they will not be the operators of any type of mobility system.
Why was this project initiated?
The Mon-Oakland Mobility Project is part of the City of Pittsburgh’s effort to provide alternative transportation facilities that provide for a sustainable future and support revitalization. The direct connection of Hazelwood to Oakland via alternative modes of transportation will provide a wealth of new employment opportunities and access to medical care and entertainment to the residents of Hazelwood, Greenfield, Four Mile Run, and Oakland as well as the neighborhoods in between. Oakland is the most significant commute destination for employed residents, followed by Downtown, Strip District, and the South Side.
When will the project be completed?
The Mon-Oakland Mobility Project will be developed in two design phases. The Junction Hollow and Four Mile Run segments will begin in Summer 2019 once parameters related to the stormwater infrastructure project are identified. The design of the Sylvan Avenue segment will begin in Fall 2019. The Junction Hollow and Four Mile Run segments are anticipated to begin construction in Fall 2020 and the construction of the Sylvan Avenue segment will begin in Spring 2021.
What does the Design Phase include?
The purpose of the Design Phase is to advance the conceptual plan that was derived from the Mon-Oakland Mobility Study completed in Fall 2018 and further refined as part of PWSA’s ongoing Four Mile Run Stormwater Improvement Project. During the Design Phase, DOMI and the project team will continue to coordinate with PWSA regarding Stormwater needs, conduct field/land surveys and geotechnical investigations/drilling, refine the alignment of the mobility corridor, delineate the dimensions of the mobility corridor and bike/ped trail, and prepare construction plans. The Design Phase will also include a comprehensive public outreach program that will include ongoing public and stakeholder coordination as the project progresses.
What are the intended uses for the mobility corridor?
The mobility corridor is being designed to be publicly accessible and accommodate future mobility technologies that are quiet, electric, and safe. These include electric shuttles, e-bikes and/or e-scooters. Pedestrians, private vehicles and transit buses will not be permitted to use the facility. In general, this corridor will be intended for commuter travelers.
Who will use the bike/ped trail?
The bike/ped trail is intended to be used by recreational users and includes pedal bicycles, pedestrians, e-bikes and e-scooters.
How can I learn more about the project?
Two additional public meetings are anticipated to be held through 2019. Details about the meetings will be posted on the website and advertised in local newspapers. Project stakeholders will also continue to be engaged throughout the Design Phase. A series of email blasts will also keep the community informed. Sign up to receive the updates.