Wednesday, June 24, 2009

G20 thoughts and more

More G20 suggestions being sought. Here's one. Pirates are playing while our foreign visitors will be in town. I'm sure the Secret Service would love not having thousands hundreds of baseball attendees going in and out of PNC park during that time. Gotta be enough logistical problems as it is. It is Pirate baseball in September; just conceding the game could be an option. But is there any reason the game can't be held at the home field of the Washington Wild Things? Maybe Altoona or Johnstown. It would be a big event. Attendance might wind up being higher than it would here. Ignoring what the Pirates record will be by then, any sane person will want to avoid Downtown and environs the whole time the G20 folks are here.

It's really really goodbye to St. Francis. I thought we said goodbye long ago.

Pittsburgh property for sale on ebay? No link yet, but see this weeks City Paper just out.

Metro crash in DC prompts story here about how unlikely ti would be here. I believe that for the T, but I also remember the head-on East Busway crash in 1996.

Jason Altmire is pushing rail between Pittsburgh and Cleveland. Not a big surprise when you look at his district. What gets me is that Detroit is falling apart, yet even they are way past the talk about it stage and are adding commuter rail between Detroit and Ann Arbor. Nobody anywhere is mentioning PatTrain. Seriously thought, why is nobody really thinking about any form of transit between Pittsburgh (the city) and Cranberry? Anybody have old maps of commuter rails lines that used to run in Pittsburgh. We should map those out more formally.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is a schematic of Pittsburgh's regional electric interurban rail network as it existed from about 1900-1930:

Wednesday, June 24, 2009 1:37:00 PM  
Anonymous DBR96A said...

There's a link to my proposed LRT plan. I know it's extremely ambitious and probably expensive, but you can get away with that stuff in the brainstorming stage. At the very least, I'd like to see two T line built, one between downtown and Monroeville, and the other between downtown and Cranberry. (I'd also like to see the South Hills T line extended to Bridgeville.)

Wednesday, June 24, 2009 8:09:00 PM  
Blogger East Busway Blogger said...

There is a former CSX line that goes from the strip, through Etna to New Castle that sees perhaps 5 trains a week. That would be sufficient to get service close to Cranberry as it travels through Mars. However, getting it closer would have to involve right of way aquisition, as there are no intact rights of way directly to Cranberry (even if there is an old ROW it has probably been parceled up and has been absorbed by surrounding properties at this point).

I do agree that in the long term, a better commuter system (more than just Greensburg and New Kensington) is needed. That of course makes the assumption that the two current proposed lines go through.

We certainly have the existing infrastructure to do it.

Thursday, June 25, 2009 10:14:00 AM  

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