Carnegie Mellon University’s Metro21 Institute:
Connecting Oakland and Hazelwood Green
Carnegie Mellon University’s (CMU) Metro21 Institute brings together people, technology, and policy to improve the quality of life in metropolitan areas. Since 2014, it has partnered with the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County Airport Authority, and others to bridge the academic-practitioner divide, executing more than 50 projects to inform government and nonprofit decision makers about public safety, air pollution, transportation, and more.
In light of partnerships with CMU’s Mobility Data Analytics Center and Traffic 21 Institute, Metro21 is particularly well-positioned to address transportation challenges, including the lack of convenient and efficient connections between Hazelwood Green and Oakland, which are critical to the success of the Hazelwood Green site. Although separated by only three miles, the route’s hilly terrain makes bike and pedestrian connections challenging. In addition, current public transit routes are circuitous and limited parking in Oakland makes driving into the area undesirable. A Foundation grant of $95,000 will support efforts by the City of Pittsburgh, the Port Authority of Allegheny County, and other partners to identify and weave together both short- and long-term solutions, including an electric connector shuttle and other short-term transportation solutions, to adapt to growing demand over time. A report from Metro21 that analyzes and recommends various solutions—expanding or adapting existing bus routes, increasing the availability of bike share infrastructure, and piloting new micro-transit solutions offered by private companies—will offer the Foundation and other partners the tools to make relevant, strategic decisions to connect Hazelwood Green and Oakland, both now and long into the future.