The Mon-Oakland Mobility Project will create multimodal connections between Hazelwood, Greenfield, Four Mile Run, and Oakland, expanding access to these neighborhoods for modes of transportation other than private automobiles. The project will focus on accommodating publicly accessible new and traditional mobility options and providing alternatives to vehicular traffic.
Throughout the initial study phase completed in November 2018, the project team engaged residents on the preferred modes of transportation allowed to use the proposed corridors. After collecting public input during the second public meeting, the low-impact options including electric shuttles and bike share were the most popular modal choices. The public was largely in favor of maintaining bicycle usage along the corridor and generally approved of the idea of adding an electric (e-bike) bikeshare system to the area in addition to a transit system, to enhance public access.
The Hazelwood-Oakland Shuttle is one part of a larger, coordinated effort among multiple stakeholders to improve stormwater issues, mobility, and connections between Hazelwood, Greenfield, and Oakland. The service, supported by Almono LP, is proposed as a human-operated electric shuttle, free to the public, which will operate on a six-mile loop using the Mon-Oakland Mobility Trail and public streets. Visit the Almono LP website for the most up-to-date plans.
Traditional Mobility Options
The Mon-Oakland Mobility Project will continue to accommodate traditional mobility options currently using existing facilities, such as, pedal bikes and pedestrians. The project will improve the existing Junction Hollow Trail and expand connections. The improved Junction Hollow Trail will be open to both pedestrians and cyclists, while the separate mobility trail will be intended for shuttle options.
The project will be open to cyclists on typical pedal bikes for commuting or recreation.
All pedestrians will have access to the project, whether for commuting, recreation, exercise, or anything else.
What is New Mobility?
New Mobility refers to any of the multiple options that are becoming increasingly available for publicly accessible transportation. This can include anything from personal transportation devices (“micromobility”) like electric scooters or bike share programs to electric or on-demand shuttles. All of these options are typically operated on a charge per minute or charge per trip basis.
New Mobility Options
Bike share programs provide public access to bikes around the city. In some cases, as with Pittsburgh’s current bike share system, HealthyRide, bikes can be picked up and returned at any station. In other bike share programs, the bikes are “dockless” and can be left at any location.
See It In Action:
HealthyRide (powered by nextbike) is Pittsburgh’s public bike share system with more than 100 stations in many Pittsburgh neighborhoods.
Electric bicycles (e-bikes) use a combination of human power and electricity, meaning no emissions. Some e-bikes have a ‘pedal-assist’ motor that engages when you push the pedals. Other e-bikes have a throttle that engages the engine by pushing a button. One benefit of these electric-assisted bikes is traveling up Pittsburgh hills with ease. Some bike share companies have incorporated electric bikes into their fleets.
See It In Action:
Click the links below to learn more about e-bikes and the companies implementing e-bike share.
Electric Scooter (E-scooter) companies are springing up in cities across the country. These dockless scooters can be tracked and reserved with a mobile app and used for short trips. With the electric assist, these scooters can travel between 10 and 15 miles per hour.
See It In Action:
Several different companies have been rolling out dockless scooters in US cities. Check out these examples to learn more:
Electric shuttles, or microtransit, are small, battery powered van-like vehicles that come in a range of sizes to match needed capacity. Since these shuttles are electric, there are no emissions and the battery power reduces engine noise making these shuttles much quieter. These shuttles are limited to travelling at speeds no higher than 25 miles per hour.
See It In Action:
Visit the sites below to learn about the different companies that provide on-demand shuttle services in cities around the United States.
Notes: The City of Pittsburgh’s Department of Mobility & Infrastructure is designing and constructing this facility, but will not operate any type of transit shuttle service. The facility will be designed to restrict the use of private automobiles and full-size buses. Driverless Shuttles were considered as part of this project during conceptual design; however, the City of Pittsburgh has proposed permit requirements that would restrict driverless shuttles from using this trail. Additionally, legislation from the Pennsylvania government would be required to legalize driverless shuttles before they could operate in the City of Pittsburgh.
Who Will NOT Have Access?
In keeping with residents’ requests, the Mobility Project will be designed and built to accomodate only human-power transportation or small, quiet, publically-accessible electric vehicles. The City of Pittsburgh will design this corridor with features that prevent certain types of users from accessing it. It will not meet typical roadway standards, preventing conventional private vehicle and large vehicles like transit buses from using it.
No private vehicle will be able to use the Mobility Corridor. This includes personal cars, trucks, and SUVs as well as any ‘closed door’ service such as corporate or university shuttles that do not serve the general public.
Full-Size Transit Buses:
Port Authority Transit buses will not have access to this corridor. The City of Pittsburgh will design the facility to preclude the use of full-size transit buses in the corridor.