Pittsburgh, agencies to study future of Downtown streets

The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership is leading a year-long study with the city, Port Authority and the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission to develop a joint approach that all the groups can live with. The study will look at such things as reducing single-passenger vehicles, creating stopping areas for shared-services such as Lyft and Uber, and identifying where future bike and pedestrian paths should be located.

Chris Watts, vice president of mobility with the partnership, said the study is needed because of all of the activity going on in and around the Downtown area: Port Authority’s development of a long-range plan and the Bus Rapid Transit system between Downtown and Oakland; continuing growth in the Strip District, Lawrenceville, the North Shore and South Side; ongoing testing of self-driving vehicles in the city; and the recent completion of the regional commission’s long-range transportation plan.