Saturday, June 11, 2011

Transportation roundup

That was quick.  Despite the bluster that it may take time to implement, there should be no doubt that increases in city parking meter rates have already begun to be implemented.  Granted, they may have started with the one meter I use the most and no doubt JP/Laz would not have delayed a moment either.

Am I the only one who wants to know how much of the recent bump up in traffic at the airport is due to Marcellus Shale workers commuting in and out?  Would make a big difference in interpreting what the numbers mean for how well the airport is doing.

Bueller?  It's that time of year again, I'm waiting for the obligatory annual story on someone wanting to create a viable ferry (as in waterborne) commuter service in town.  A submarine is about as likely to be commercially viable.

I have this long list of things we have talked about in the past, but generally go away a lot more quietly than when they came in.  Anyone have an update, or prognosis, on: 

Let's not be too negative... I don't see anyone having noticed that PennDOT's West End Improvement project, won an award from the Northeast Association of State Transportation Officials.

Waiting, waiting, waiting..  Just curious.. but was checking to see if Delta would book me on a nonstop between PIT and CDG on November 1.. No luck.  Just saying is all. (update before Ken zaps me.  I picked Nov 1 when did checked and there was no flight, but am told there are flights bookable into November at the very least.  So the lack of flight that day may just mean a roll back from their 7 day schedule which was just for the summer.  So we will see. )


Blogger Bram Reichbaum said...

Word on the PennDOT project is that it's great for people coming over the West End bridge to pass on through, and pretty okay for the immediate denizens to access that bridge or to head east. It's not so hot for folks who want to get FROM elsewhere TO West End, Sheraden, Elliott etc. You still have to know about Steuben St., its entrance is still alarming and confusing, and the road surface warping isn't ideal.

The Pittsburgh-to-Oakland connector remains on track to be completed within the lifetimes of the Nixon-Ford-Carter set.

Saturday, June 11, 2011 2:35:00 PM  
Anonymous MH said...

Do we have to exercise and cut back on cheap scotch or will we get to see the connector even if we have some risk factors?

Saturday, June 11, 2011 7:06:00 PM  
Anonymous n'at said...

Any mention of the other award winning projects with two fatalities within their first year of operation, too?

Saturday, June 11, 2011 7:24:00 PM  
Anonymous MH said...

I think we should leave Taco Bell out of this.

Saturday, June 11, 2011 7:52:00 PM  
Anonymous MH said...

I saw empty meter spaces at 9:00 this morning. I think maybe the $1/hour might be keeping more of the meter spaces for people who aren't there all day.

As long as they don't meter by St. Paul's on Sunday.

Monday, June 13, 2011 9:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

MH, you have a point. It always boggles my mind that on-street meters are cheaper than PPA metered lots in places like the Squirrel Hill Business District. Even with the change, on-street meters are 20 mins/quartter while the lots are 15 mins /quarter. While this is a little better, it likely still doesn't turn over parking quickly in front of the actual businesses.

Monday, June 13, 2011 9:53:00 AM  
Anonymous MH said...

I don't really pay attention to the Squirrel Hill meters since I usually walk or take the bus there. But, the Oakland meters were probably seriously underpriced. I'm not sure what Chris means by "the one meter I use the most" but if he is parking there all day on most days, that shouldn't be cheaper than going to a Pitt lot.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011 10:05:00 AM  
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