Saturday, May 20, 2006

Orange Belt..... 'nuff said.

From Skybus to the Mon Valley Expressway, transportation planning in Pittsburgh is one of the few things to elicit as much emotional debate as once did Kordell Stewart's passing rating. The Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission has just released its report on its current long range vision for transportation. Transportation planning is one of those things where you really have to look well into the future. (Highways last a really really long time.) Likewise you can learn a lot from transportation planning of the past. So if you are interested, here is the 1967 Allegheny County Rapid Transit Study(warning - large file), but also worth a read is this paper by Coleman, Houston and Muller: SKYBUS Pittsburgh's Failed Industry Targeting Strategy of the 1960s. Also relevant is the Spine Line Corridor Study from 1993.