Downtown Pittsburgh Mobility Plan

The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership is leading the development of a Downtown Pittsburgh Mobility Plan (DPMP) designed to make the Downtown area easier to navigate for all who work in, live in, and visit the Golden Triangle. The Plan will analyze data and collect public input to identify issues and prioritize opportunities to improve the Downtown experience for all users, especially during peak travel times.

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About the Mobility Plan

The Mobility Plan will build on lessons learned from Envision Downtown, an initiative launched in 2015 by Mayor William Peduto and the PDP to pilot mobility improvement projects aimed at preparing Downtown for the significant revitalization that’s occurring as a result of more than $5.2 billion in real estate and transportation investment over the last decade.

The evolution of Downtown will continue to impact how people get around and experience the neighborhood with an additional $3.8 billion in investments currently in the pipeline. The Mobility Plan will identify ways to improve the pedestrian, transit, biking, vehicle, and delivery experience while prioritizing future projects to ensure Downtown continues to be a vibrant economic, cultural, and transportation hub for our region.


Schedule

The planning process will begin in fall 2019 and is expected to be completed in late fall 2020. The tentative schedule and key milestones include:

July – August 2019: Consultant Request For Proposal Submissions & Selection Process (completed)

August – September 2019: Consultant Kick-Off Process (completed)

October 2019 – January 2020: Existing Conditions Analysis (completed)

February – April 2020: Guiding Principles and Goal Setting (completed)

May – June 2020: Street Management Framework & Map (in-progress)

June – August 2020: High Impact Project List (in-progress)

September – October 2020 : Final Plan Delivery (not started)


General Feedback & Considerations Surrounding COVID-19’s Impact on Downtown Mobility

The PDP recognizes that COVID-19 has likely impacted you personally, your organization, and your perspective. We are currently exploring the most appropriate way to adapt our planning process and potentially the Downtown Pittsburgh Mobility Plan content based on the new realities.

As a first step, we wanted to provide space for our stakeholders to share any feedback or insights you feel would be relevant for us to know as it relates to how you, your organization, or constituents are thinking about transportation and open space in this time of social distancing.

In addition, individuals and organizations should also use this comment form to provide general feedback about the Downtown Pittsburgh Mobility Plan process.


Proposed Guiding Principles

Guiding Principles serve as the vision for the Plan and a framework to organize priorities and identify projects. Through our review of the Issues and Opportunities Report, feedback from the Downtown Advisory Group (DAG), and survey results from the public there was a strong consensus that the proposed Guiding Principles below represent the values and aspirations for the future of mobility in Downtown Pittsburgh.

  • Welcoming & Vibrant: Downtown Pittsburgh’s mobility system should embrace Downtown’s status as a diverse and interesting place while ensuring everyone feels safe.
  • People-first & Transit-prioritized: Downtown Pittsburgh’s mobility system should strengthen the walkability of Downtown while providing high-quality transit service and amenities.
  • Equitable & Affordable: Downtown Pittsburgh’s mobility system should ensure Downtown is accessible for all, regardless of means or abilities.
  • Intuitive & Coherent: Downtown Pittsburgh’s mobility system should get people where they need to go while balancing street and curb demands, particularly during peak periods.
  • Adaptable & Healthy: Downtown Pittsburgh’s mobility system should be building and maintaining infrastructure and advancing policies that support the dynamic needs of Downtown and improve public health.
  • Regionally Focused & Nationally Competitive: Downtown Pittsburgh’s mobility system should contribute to the shared economic growth of the region while striving to be a leader among peer cities.

Reports & Publications

Issues & Opportunities Report: April 2020

Produced through workshops and online public surveys that reach almost every neighborhood and municipality across Allegheny County, the Issues & Opportunities Report summarizes the findings into Downtown’s demographics, existing conditions data, previous planning efforts, and community engagement activities.


Previous Events

Downtown Advisory Group Mobility Plan Workshop: High Impact Projects Thursday, October 29, 2020 from 9:00 – 10:30 AM

Downtown Advisory Group Mobility Plan Workshop: Street Management Framework Thursday, July 23, 2020 from 9:00 – 10:30 AM

Downtown Advisory Group Mobility Plan Workshop: Guiding Principles & Goals
Wednesday, April 22, 2020 from 9:00 – 10:00 AM

Downtown Mobility Plan Public Workshop: Issues & Opportunities
at Point Park University’s JVH Auditorium in Academic Hall (201 Wood Street, Downtown Pittsburgh)

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Downtown Advisory Group Mobility Plan Workshop: Issues & Opportunities Wednesday, January 29, 2020 from 8:30 – 10:30 AM


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Downtown Mobility Plan – In the News

Partners

The Mobility Plan is guided by a Management Team comprised of the PDP, the City of Pittsburgh’s Departments of Mobility & Infrastructure and City Planning, Port Authority of Allegheny County, and the Southwest Pennsylvania Commission.

In fall 2019, the PDP, with the support the Management Team, selected a consultant team to facilitate the development of a Downtown Mobility Plan over the next year led by Arup, a global leader in urban design and mobility planning and supported by Utile, Nelson\Nygaard, SmithGroup, and MonWin Consulting, who all bring a mix of national experience and local expertise.

The Mobility Plan is funded by a $1 million grant from the Henry L. Hillman Foundation in service to their mission to inspire, invest in, and leverage great ideas and initiatives for outcomes that improve the quality of life in Pittsburgh and southwestern Pennsylvania.

Additional Info

Reports and deliverables developed through the planning process will be posted to the website and shared via email. The Mobility Plan request for proposals (RFP) and additional background can be viewed at downtownpittsburgh.com/mobilityRFP


Downtown Advisory Group Members

  • ACCESS Transportation Systems
  • ACTION Housing, Inc.
  • AECOM
  • Allegheny Conference on Community Development
  • Allegheny County Economic Development
  • Allegheny County Transit Council
  • Allegheny Regional Asset District
  • BikePGH
  • BNY Mellon
  • BOMA Pittsburgh
  • Boutique la Passerelle
  • Carnegie Mellon University, Traffic21
  • City Council – District 6
  • City of Pittsburgh, Department of City Planning
  • City of Pittsburgh, Department of Mobility and Infrastructure
  • City of Pittsburgh, Gender Equity Commission
  • City of Pittsburgh, Nighttime Economy
  • City of Pittsburgh, Office of Equity
  • City of Pittsburgh, Office of Sustainability and Resilience
  • Community Human Services
  • Downtown CDC
  • Duquesne Light Company
  • Eat’n Park Hospitality Group
  • First National Bank
  • Flyspace Production, LLC
  • Fragasso Financial Advisors
  • Gatesman Agency
  • Gateway Towers Condominium Association
  • Green Building Alliance
  • Highmark
  • IKM Inc
  • InnovatePGH
  • JLL
  • love, Pittsburgh
  • Lyft
  • Mattress Factory
  • Maven Machines
  • Michael Baker International
  • Millcraft
  • NAIOP Pittsburgh
  • Oakland Transportation Management Association
  • Office of Public Art
  • Omni William Penn Hotel
  • PathVu
  • Peoples Gas
  • Pfaffmann + Associates/Benedum Trees Building
  • Pittsburghers for Public Transit
  • Pittsburgh Bike Share (Healthy Ride PGH)
  • Pittsburgh CAPA
  • Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group
  • Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
  • Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership
  • Pittsburgh Film Office
  • Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
  • Pittsburgh Penguins
  • PNC Realty Services
  • Point Park University
  • Port Authority of Allegheny County
  • Public Parking Authority of Pittsburgh
  • PUMP
  • Richard DeShantz Restaurant Group
  • Riverlife
  • Rugby Realty Co, Inc.
  • Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission
  • Sports & Exhibition Authority of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County
  • State Senator Jay Costa
  • The Westin
  • United Way of Southwestern PA
  • UPMC
  • Uptown Partners of Pittsburgh
  • Urban Redevelopment Authority
  • VisitPITTSBURGH
  • Winthrop Management
  • WSP USA Inc.

Map showing the Downtown Pittsburgh Mobility Plan's relation to other efforts from the City of Pittsburgh, Port Authority of Allegheny County, and Southwestern PA Commission. The Downtown Mobility Plan is the lowest-level, followed by the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, then the SPC.

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