Pittsburgh Partners with Ford Motor Company to Study Transit Troubles

Melinda Roeder
June 05, 2018 - 2:47 pm
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Melinda Roeder

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - City officials have announced a new partnership with Ford Motor Company called the “Pittsburgh City of Tomorrow Challenge.”  It’s an 8-month initiative to collect input from commuters about the challenges they face – like downtown congestion or a shortage of suburban routes.

“People are going for critical employment to Robinson Town Center and to Southpointe and to Cranberry.  These are places that are very difficult to get to if you’re transit dependent,” says Karina Ricks, Director of Pittsburgh’s Department of Mobility and Infrastructure.

Mayor Bill Peduto says they’ll assess a broad range of critical transportation needs. “We want to find out where there are areas in our city that are transportation deserts. Nearly 40% of city residents don’t have a car. How are they able to get to the doctor?  How are they able to get to work? How are they able to get to food?” 

They’ll also seek fresh ideas for solving some of these transit troubles.  Local foundation grants will be used to provide $100,000 awards for the best solutions. 

Ford will mostly invest manpower to analyze the data in an effort to seek ways to improve transportation technology.  “You can envision a future that’s connected and automated and in order to do that, we have to rethink how the vessels and carriages that we’ve made for over 100 years will evolve,” says John Kwant, Vice President of Ford City Solutions.

Commuters can provide feedback in person at a series of meetings or online.

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