“The Pittsburgh Micro-mobility Collective will create all-in-one mobility hubs near transit stops, to compete with Uber and Lyft and help commuters go car-free.” says Laura Bliss of CityLab.
In late 2018 Pittsburgh hosted a different type of transportation summit, Mobiliti, which aimed to bring outside experts and all the city’s relevant stakeholders together to talk about improving transit and reducing the city’s carbon footprint (56% of commuters drive to work in Pittsburgh). Everyday citizens from all walks of life came armed with mobility challenges which Pittsburgh’s current bus, light rail, and bike-share offerings do not satisfy.
Karina Ricks, the city’s director of transportation, had an idea for “mobility hubs” near transit stops throughout Pittsburgh. There you might find some combination of Zipcar vehicles, bike-share stations, Waze pickup spots and Spin e-bikes or scooters to rent. In addition the collaboration would include the Transit app for ticketing and route planning and Ford Mobility who will feed data analytics back to the city.
Each neighborhood has its own transit challenges. The Pittsburgh Micro-mobility Collective might just have the answers.
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