14 Feb

Over the last couple of years, the Pittsburgh Climate Initiative group, made up of institutions, nonprofits, City and County government officials, and the business community, has re-convened in order to collaborate, create, and develop the third iteration of the Climate Action Plan (PCAP 3.0) for the City of Pittsburgh. Overall, the goal of the climate action plan is to analyze and implement strategies, policies and projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions within city limits and mitigate Pittsburgh’s contribution to global climate change.

Currently, the Pittsburgh Climate Initiative group is in the process of developing implementation strategies for each of the different subcategories for PCAP 3.0, including transportation and land use, energy, and waste. PCRG has been continuously engaged and involved with the development of transportation and land use chapter, by providing leadership, technical assistance, research, and case study analysis.

Combining the concept of the “smart spines” from Pittsburgh’s Smart Cities Application with Port Authority’s frequent transit service network cloud led PCRG to creating the image below. This incredibly simple map tells a big story: Pittsburgh’s current transit service is strongest in the East End, areas of the North Side, and areas along the light rail south of the city. The challenge for the transportation and land use group – how do we create even more connected, multimodal transit service for the city and how do we strengthen the existing transit corridors identified as having frequent service?

CAP map

Kathryn Schlesinger

Transit Research and Policy Fellow at Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group
Kathryn originally hails from sunny south Florida, where she spent her childhood and teenage years playing travel softball on the Lady Gators, dedicating fifteen plus years to classical piano, and exploring the outdoors as much as possible. Kathryn then attended the University of Pittsburgh where she enjoyed the change in scenery and the discovery of the existence of seasons. She graduated with a B.A. in Environmental Studies and History, as well as a GIS Certificate. Currently, she works within PCRG’s mobility initiative GoBurgh, but is also expanding her knowledge into land use and housing.