Tag Archives: transportation

A 1978 Allegheny County 171-Mile bicycle network that never happened

18 Jul

171 miles of bikeway that never happened, 1978. Click to make BIG.

So it looks there was once a plan to connect large swaths of Allegheny County with a connected 171-mile bikeway network, linking 25 communities. The bikeways went through the City and connected to the major County Parks of South Park, North Park, and Boyce Park. The County was ready to spend $5.6M on the network. The plan even called for “coin-operated bike locks stationed periodically along the route or lockers where commuters could stash their bicycles, then walk to work.”

According to the article, “it would be possible to commute to work, pedal to three corners of the County, or visit major parks along safe, well-marked lighted bikeways.” At the time, the project manager, David O’Loughlin claimed that there were 650,000 bicyclists in Allegheny County.

To repeat, there was once a plan to for 171 miles of bikeways for Allegheny County. They were ready to install it for $5.6M.

Does anyone know what the hell happened?

Click here for the October 4, 1978 Pittsburgh Press article.


Pittsburgh Commuter Rail Long Gone, 1942

5 Apr

Click map to make BIG or click here for interactive

Another depressing map about things that we used to have, that leaders in all of their wisdom drove into the ground, and now we wish we had again.

South Side resident Aaron Reinard created a map that plots the old commuter rail schedules onto a Google map to show how extensive our train lines once were, color coded with all 245 stations. Schedules are from the June 1942 “Official Guide Of The Railways.”

According to Reinard, service was abandoned in 1964, making it the largest commuter rail service in the country to be completely discontinued.

Fatal traffic crashes involving speed in the United States, 2010-2015

10 Dec


Speed Kills, dawg.

The map is pretty self-explanitory.

Click to see it on the National Coalition for Safer Roads site

The 10 Cities with the most speed-related fatal crashes

  1. Los Angeles
  2. New York
  3. Houston
  4. Chicago
  5. San Antonio
  6. Dallas
  7. Phoenix
  8. Fort Worth
  9. Detroit
  10. Kansas City

Housing Plus Transportation costs, percentage of income

1 Dec


Affordable housing is not affordable if you need to own a car. That’s why it’s important to factor in your transportation costs to determine the affordability of where you live.

On average, Pittsburghers spend about 23% of their income on housing, and about 19% on transportation.

Lucky for us, this map exists to show you what percentage of income a typical household in a given area spends on housing + transportation.

See original.

Red Light Running Fatality Map, 2004-2013

1 Dec


Red light running kills people. Red light cameras can save lives. Here’s a map of every red light running fatality for a ten year span, put together by a red light camera industry group.

Check out the original.

Commuter flows for workers who live in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania

1 Dec

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This is a super well done map, but you have to click the link to see it in full effect.

This person used the American Community Survey Data to track where the approximately 3,000 Allegheny County workers who travel between 20 and 100 miles for work end up.

Driving 100 miles per day for work seems like hell.

Head over to the original page to see the commute in action.


Pittsburgh’s Bus Bunching

2 Nov


Bunching of bunches of buses.

Nobody wants that.

According to the creators:

Pittsburgh’s bunched buses bear the bad news of crowding (the front bus is often overfull, with subsequent buses nearly empty), excess waiting (bunching creates long waits between bus arrivals), and underutilization (crowding and unpredictable arrivals reduce public transit use). Caused by the cascading effect of variance in passenger arrivals, bunching bedevils public transit planners not just in Pittsburgh but in cities around the globe.

Does bunching follow predictable patterns? This project presents the geotemporal occurrence of bus bunching in Pittsburgh for PAAC routes 61, 71, P1 and G2 during March 2016.


See how them buses bunch

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