Pittsburgh’s mobility platform aims to expand transportation options

The app also provides the location of the city’s mobility hubs — 25 physical hubs, congregated around the Port Authority bus and light rail systems — where residents can access a range of last-mile services and see real-time transit and mobility information on TransitScreens. The goal is to increase the number of hubs to 50 by the end of the year.

The placement of these hubs was informed by the existing transportation infrastructure, but the needs of lower-income communities were also considered. Data from a 2017 project that assessed the city’s annual progress toward equitable opportunities was combined with “an aggregate value of [transit] stops, frequency of service and routes being served,” said CMU graduate research assistant Allante Whitmore, who helped develop DOMI’s mobility principles. Based on these factors and socio-demographic profiles, the team was able to compare current transportation services with areas of the city where there might be larger demand, she said.