Modes Cost$90 (Includes lunch and bike rental)AICP CM to comePhoto: Great Allegheny Passage. Credit: Allegheny Trail Alliance
SUNDAY, October 21, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PMRide the western end of the 150-mile Great Allegheny Passage rail-trail. Start in West Newton, a former paper and mining town. Cycle along the Monongahela River through the “Steel Valley.” Learn how communities, still reeling from loss of industry, are transforming themselves to capture trail traffic and tap the tourism economy. See how small trail towns develop dedicated trail volunteers. Understand the obstacles of developing trails across multiple municipalities. End in Pittsburgh, a growing hub for long-distance bike trails and bike commuting. 34 miles with lunch stop.
Modes Cost$75 (Includes lunch)AICP CM to comePhoto: Homestead Waterfront. Credit: Justin Miller
SUNDAY, October 21, Noon – 4:00 PMVisit four brownfield sites in different stages of development on prime land along the Monongahela River, the heart of the region’s steel heritage. South Side Works integrated seamlessly into the historic neighborhood’s street grid with walkability, transit access and the bike network in mind. The Waterfront at Homestead developed in a more car-oriented, suburban style. Carrie Furnace will incorporate new development with the preservation of two blast furnaces and remediation and transformation of the surrounding brownfield. Hazelwood Green, Pittsburgh’s largest remaining riverfront tract, will be a model for sustainable development encompassing mixed use, public open spaces and trails, with LEED for Neighborhood Development Gold certification and emphasis on the triple bottom line. (Note: Carrie Furnace site includes 45 minutes walking on rough terrain, with stairs. This tour requires a liability waiver and is not accessible for persons with disabilities.)
Modes (Plan on a lot of stairs – not for the faint of heart.)Cost$45AICP CM to comePhoto: Oakley Mosaic Steps. Credit: Southside Slopes Neighborhood Association
SUNDAY, October 21, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PMPittsburgh is a city that lives in three dimensions. Planning for mobility involves traversing steep hillsides to connect neighborhoods to transit, school, work and other vital services. See how Pittsburgh is working to assess, prioritize and maintain its over 800 sets of public staircases. Put on your walking shoes and negotiate this quirky transport network in the unique South Side Slopes neighborhood. Connect to the neighborhood via transit, then hit the steps and explore narrow streets through a district that’s experiencing a major resurgence.
ModesCost$45 (This tour is also available on Monday.)AICP CM to comePhoto: Historic Union Trust Building. Credit: Hobo Jones
SUNDAY, October 21, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PMDowntown Pittsburgh is rapidly changing. New restaurants and infrastructure upgrades complement the city’s rich history. Architecture from every era enriches a center that’s compact and walkable. Once again, people are moving to the city. As an employment center, the core is accessed most conveniently by transit – with a 50% transit mode share by workers. Hear from the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation and the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership about the multimodal investments, partnerships and preservation contributing to this vibrant change.
Modes + ShuttleCost$60 (Includes lunch)AICP CM to comePhoto: ACTA shuttle
MONDAY, October 22, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PMExperience the reverse commute from Pittsburgh! Board a Port Authority bus downtown and travel the West Busway to Carnegie. Ride the RideACTA Shuttle along the airport corridor, home to 75,000 jobs – from retail to call centers to corporate headquarters. Hear what it takes to operate a shuttle service on the first- and last-mile. Stop at the Super Stop in Robinson Township (the main transfer point between Port Authority routes and the RideACTA shuttle). Learn how a partnership with a transportation management association, PennDOT, a suburban township and IKEA created this multimodal hub and improved pedestrian and bike access.
Modes CostCANCELLED AICP CM to comePhoto: Historic trolleys. Credit: David Wohlwill
MONDAY, October 22, 10:30 AM – 3:30 PMThere was a time when TOD wasn’t even a thing – because everything was TOD. Look back to those days for some present-day inspiration. Tour the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum and learn about western Pennsylvania’s original transit-oriented development era. A century ago building around transit and maximizing land by using environment-friendly electric rail transit vehicles stimulated growth in cities and suburbs. These concepts are still relevant today. View the museum’s collection of more than 50 vintage trolleys, then complete your trip with a scenic trolley ride.
Modes Cost$45 (Includes lunch)AICP CM to comePhoto: Carnegie Mellon University. Credit: Dllu
MONDAY, October 22, 10:00 AM – 1:30 PMSee where solutions to 21st-century mobility challenges are being created – and hear what they are. Tour the Oakland neighborhood – aka Pittsburgh’s second downtown, its eds and meds district, and the Innovation District – where top tier universities are changing the mobility industry. Hear from local leaders who are advancing Pittsburgh’s strong role in technology and education. Visit the University of Pittsburgh, then head to Carnegie Mellon University and meet researchers at the cutting edge of smart cities. Learn about Metro21 initiatives, including 30+ years of work on autonomous vehicles, smart traffic signals and more.
Modes Cost$45 (Box lunch provided at hotel after tour.)AICP CM to comePhoto: Monongahela Incline. Credit: David Wohlwill
MONDAY, October 22, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PMCover lots of ground, starting with a short ride on light rail across the Monongahela River to Station Square, a former railroad terminal that now serves light rail, bus and incline passengers. Learn about the station’s preservation, design proposals for future renovation and its recent conversion of a parking area into mixed-use development. Hear how PennDOT, the Port Authority and the City of Pittsburgh work together to address accessibility, safety and wayfinding in this busy employment, residential and tourist hub. End with a ride up the Monongahela Incline and learn about community development near the Mt. Washington station. PS – Enjoy the view!
Modes Cost$60 (Please eat box lunch provided before the tour.)AICP CM to come
MONDAY, October 22, 12:30 PM – 4:00 PMThe City of Pittsburgh developed its system of riverfront trails in the 1990s. Allegheny County passed a resolution in 2005 to extend the trail system along both sides of the Allegheny River. To advance the County’s commitment to the trail system, 17 communities joined forces in 2011 to develop a feasible alignment to extend 30 miles and become part of two state-designated mega-greenways. How do the trails fit into those communities today? See for yourself. Hear from municipalities about complicated obstacles, economic success and community connections as you bike three easy miles.
Modes Cost$45 (Please eat box lunch provided before the tour.)AICP CM to comePhoto: East Liberty transit-oriented development.
MONDAY, October 22, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PMVisit a regional hub for TOD! Ride the Martin Luther King, Jr. East Busway to East Liberty’s state-of-the-art multimodal transit center and mixed-use transit-oriented development. See the first project in Pennsylvania to create a Transit Revitalization Investment District (TRID). How did $54 million in local, state and federal investment (including a TIGER grant) yield $158 million in private development? How did community involvement shape the reuse of blighted and idle land, as well as mobility improvements? Hear from site developers, the City’s Urban Redevelopment Authority, the Port Authority of Allegheny County and the local community development organization. Please eat lunch before the workshop.
ModesCost$45 (Please eat box lunch provided before the tour.)AICP CM to comePhoto: The Ashby at South Hills Village Station. Credit: The Dawson Company
MONDAY, October 22, 1:00 PM – 4:30 PMVisit the Ashby at South Hills Village, a new 300-unit $40 million apartment community built on a former Port Authority park-and-ride lot. Hear from the developer how a pent-up demand for suburban multifamily housing and the site’s connection to light rail transit made this the perfect spot for the first TOD project outside of the city. Learn how a joint-use parking agreement with the Port Authority reduced the parking requirement for the site. Finally, hear from Port Authority representatives about the many bottom-line benefits of the park-and-ride conversion and long-term lease. Please eat lunch before the workshop.
ModesCost$45 (This tour is also available on Sunday.)AICP CM to comePhoto: Historic downtown Pittsburgh. Credit: Nyttend
MONDAY, October 22, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PMDowntown Pittsburgh is rapidly changing. New restaurants and infrastructure upgrades complement the city’s rich history. Architecture from every era enriches a center that’s compact and walkable. Once again, people are moving to the city. As an employment center, the core is accessed most conveniently by transit – with a 50% transit mode share by workers. Hear from the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation and the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership about the multimodal investments, partnerships and preservation contributing to this vibrant change.
Modes Cost$45AICP CM to comePhoto: Pittsburgh North Shore Park. Credit: PerryPlanet
TUESDAY, October 23, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PMThe North Shore is home to the Steelers, the Pirates, Carnegie Science Center, Rivers Casino and other regional assets. Learn how this area has transformed from a utilitarian district paved with surface parking into an experience-oriented neighborhood. In 2001, new stadiums opened. In 2013 the $700 million North Shore Connector light rail extension transformed mode choice for both event attendees and regional commuters. Learn about the on-going large-scale development process, planning and partnerships required to create riverfront parks, trails and public art and connections for cyclists, pedestrians and transit-riders.
ModesCost$60 (Includes lunch)AICP CM to comePhoto: Expressway travel center
TUESDAY, October 23, 10:30 AM – 3:00 PMMany of Pittsburgh’s edge cities are struggling to adapt to the loss of heavy industry, while nearby suburbs add residents and cars. Hear how two cities are responding. To the west, Beaver County worked closely with the state DOT to improve transit operations. To the east, Greensburg overhauled its zoning code to take maximum advantage of transit service. Both local transit agencies used the state’s Public Private Partnership program to convert their fleets to CNG. Take it to the edge: Visit the Rochester Roundabout, the BCTA suburban transit hub, the Expressway Travel Center and the CNG fueling station – and learn.
Modes + River CruiseCost$75 (Includes lunch)AICP CM to comePhoto: Gateway Clipper and Clemente Bridge. Credit: The Zach Morris Experience
TUESDAY, October 23, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PMPittsburgh’s topography requires a diverse collection of infrastructure to keep people connected. View bridges and tunnels built in the mid-1800s to the present, including the historic Smithfield Street Bridge and the Hot Metal Bridge. Hear how the modes each bridge carried influenced the development of neighborhoods. Learn about hillside communities. See how bridges are going multimodal and being retrofitted from freight rail to light rail – or even crucibles of hot metal to bike-pedestrian. Expert insights. Unique vantage points.
Modes Cost$30 AICP CM to comePhoto: Fineview bus. Credit: Port Authority of Allegheny County
TUESDAY, October 23, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PMView historic footage of the 11 Fineview streetcar services, then board Port Authority’s 11 Fineview bus for a tour back in time. Gain an appreciation for Pittsburgh transit operators as the No. 11 traverses the city’s challenging topography and street network. Hear from Fineview community representatives about their joint community plan with neighboring Perry Hilltop. Spurred by the redevelopment of a public housing community, these geographically isolated communities worked together to address public safety, economic development, housing affordability, mobility and open space. On the return trip, see spectacular and rare views of downtown Pittsburgh and nearby neighborhoods.
TUESDAY, October 23, 10:30 AM – 2:30 PMHow do trolley suburbs from the early 20th century stay relevant today? See how three suburbs, connected by regional light rail, are recreating foot traffic in traditional business districts adjacent to transit stops. In Beechview, explore the planning and extensive public engagement underway to improve the public realm of an on-street trolley business district and residential neighborhood. In Dormont, discover a holistic approach to improving safety, sustainability and appeal in a station area business district, while addressing affordability and rapidly changing demographics. In Mt. Lebanon, learn approaches to connectivity between a transit station, central business district and adjacent neighborhoods.
ModesCost$45AICP CM to comePhoto: Healthy Ride bike and Port Authority bus. Credit: Erin Potts, Healthy Ride
TUESDAY, October 23, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PMPittsburgh has a robust walk and transit mode share. Now the city is one of America’s fastest growing bike cities. See how cycling is rapidly filling mobility gaps through new and planned bike infrastructure projects. Learn how Healthy Ride, Pittsburgh’s public bike-share system, integrates with transit. Discover how Pittsburgh is tackling first- and last-mile challenges (and get a little exercise) on this easy, 3 – 5 mile bike ride.
Modes Cost$45AICP CM to comePhoto: Forbes BRT (rendering). Credit: City of Pittsburgh – Interface Studio
TUESDAY, October 23, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PMUptown Pittsburgh is now an EcoInnovation District! Huh? Learn how this once-disinvested, downtown-adjacent community is preparing for equitable, sustainable growth around a revitalized transit corridor. Explore a neighborhood in the midst of transition: funky co-working sites, cutting edge facilities for people with disabilities, and new residences coexisting with vacant properties and aging infrastructure. Uptown is Pittsburgh’s next “it” neighborhood. But how have community members had their say in what “it” is? Hear about the thoughtful planning process to prepare for a major investment in BRT in the next two years and Uptown’s high bar for community engagement.
ModesCost$45 AICP CM to comePhoto: East Liberty station. Credit: Port Authority of Allegheny County
TUESDAY, October 23, 1:30 PM – 4:00 PMPittsburgh was a leader in BRT – and they’re still learning. Learn along with them. Ride the 9.1-mile Martin Luther King, Jr. East Busway and the 5-mile West Busway. How did these busways begin? Why are they still critical to mobility and livability throughout the greater southwestern Pennsylvania region? When excess railroad property became available for transit purposes, there were efforts to coordinate the community accessibility, adjacent land uses and multimodal connections. That full potential has yet to be realized. Hear about recent efforts by community groups to address these issues and promote development at several stations.