Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Archives of Allegheny Airlines and more

Where to start today?

I don't quite understand why the Center for Asia Pacific Aviation has this... don't even know who they are really...  but they have a post today with some great stats on the history of business at the airport here.  Worth a read.  Among other things I note...  we used to have air service to Youngstown?  Really?   Wouldn't you be in glide path before you even took off?


Shades of Spine Line Skybus.   County is floating a people mover system for Oakland and environs. Hmm. Who suggested that?  People mover being one legacy of Pittsburgh's own Skybus. If it connects Oakland and Downtown does it count as a successor to the Spine Line?  Skybus+Spine line... perfect together?   A commenter here suggested something intriguing.   I pointed out how the proposed changes in the state sales tax could potentially bring a windfall for RAD revenues here in the county.  Could that money be leveraged into enough to fund something like this?


and not in order of importance, and I am sure this is being noted elsewhere.. but the NYT has ever more coverage of the Bresma orphans today.   I also note this post out in the ether on other doings in Haiti fwiw. What any of it means I have no idea.  The NYT does talk a bit about the Governor and entourage arriving in Haiti.  My whole view of twitter changed watching all this transpire, in particular when out of the blue I saw Fox news producer Adam Housley 'tweeting' about the unexpect arrival of the Guv on the tarmac at the Port au Prince airport.


Anonymous MH said...

In the article on the people mover, the county's spokesman says "Downtown and Oakland have no room to grow except toward each other." That seems to be excluding South Oakland and I've never understood why neither Pitt nor UPMC will go more than a block south of Forbes in the area between Halket and Oakland Ave. I'm sure it is hard to assemble a large lot in that area, but if the city would enforce codes, I'm guessing that you could find more buildings for sale.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010 10:52:00 AM  
Anonymous RoboticGhost said...

Sigh. An Oakland to Downtown transit solution is probably the most sensible possible public undertaking in the region. And I'll believe it exists only after I've ridden on it. The Spine Line is the Duke Nukem Forever of regional improvements. Godot will happen along before one gets built. Color me cynical.

That being said, I wonder why you don't hear more about Oakland spilling into Hazelwood. Seems like a logical move. Lots and lots of zoned commercial space sitting there. And at least some of it has been fully or partially remediated. What's the latest on the Peduto Choo Choo Express?

The article makes some assumptions it shouldn't. The last I heard Uptown players were looking to gentrify in a housing direction. That may have changed, but I'd be interested in what the Sal Williams people think about all of this. And does Downtown need to grow outward at all? Assuming some sort of RiverPark development happens over by the convention center, what's the likely capacity for downtown growth, especially with an arena sized chunk of land to develop starting later this year? Questions I have.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010 12:02:00 PM  
Blogger n'at said...

When I hear of people movers I think back to Mitch Hedberg's "escalator temporarily stairs" bit.

A fixed rail/people moving system connecting downtown and oakland will only work if it forsakes uptown and parts of south oakland, if it doesn't, then it will be no more efficient than the existing bus service.

If that limited, rapid "spine line" is in place, then that route's ridership can offset the costs of ineffective feeder lines from north oakland, hazelwood and the like.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010 1:50:00 PM  
Anonymous MH said...

Hazelwood to Oakland is hardly a feeder line. That's as far from Central Oakland as downtown. If I ever take-up windmill tilting, I'm going to try to re-start the Forbes Avenue trolley. It would take all of the parking, but most of the parking on Forbes in Squirrel Hill is taken by suburban commuters trying to avoid paying for a UMPC or Pitt pass.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010 2:06:00 PM  
Anonymous johnnyg said...

CAPA is a worldwide airline industry consultancy. The Youngstown flights, I'm sure, were mandated by regulation. They were on United, probably part of a longer string that started/ended in Chicago. Looking at airline schedules from the regulated era is fascinating today. TWA had one flight that originated at JFK, came here, then went to Columbus, Indianapolis, St. Louis, and finally Kansas City.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010 2:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Tomas the Tank Engine said...

Seems like another bow to the professional sports poobahs. Yeah, let's connect the new hockey arena with the Peterson Events Center. That's the ticket. And while we're at it, we'll pour oceans of public money into rehabbing the area around the arena. It's professional sports, after all. Doesn't everybody love it?

BTW, the PG's map was really confusing. They labeled the Panhandle Bridge as Birmingham, and Birmingham as Hot Metal. And what is all that weird people mover zigzagging through South Oakland. And the two versions of the 2nd Avenue line connecting here and there with other routes. It really didn't make much sense.

I'm still liking Peduto's Panther Hollow Puffer best--existing rail connecting potential growth points and high traffic stations.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010 4:20:00 PM  
Anonymous MH said...

And what is all that weird people mover zigzagging through South Oakland.

People movers who move people who work for Google are the luckiest peopel movers of all. Until Google moves.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010 5:17:00 PM  

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