Key to unlocking the development potential of Hazelwood Green is an adaptive and sustainable mobility network that enables people to easily and safely travel to, from, and within the site. Hazelwood Green is planned as a people-first community that will work towards a Vision Zero goal through the design and implementation of active transportation options, traffic calming measures, and pedestrian-oriented streetscapes. These commitments also align with the site’s overall objectives of minimizing its carbon footprint, improving air quality, and increasing opportunities for human health and wellness. The PLDP details the multi-modal transportation strategy being implemented on the site, which includes a combination of transportation improvements, transportation demand management (TDM), and a shared parking strategy that will reduce single-occupancy vehicles coming to and from the site, and instead create a robust network of multiple mobility modes.
Improvements Completed & Underway
A new Transportation Impact Study (TIS) is currently in development and will be submitted to the City as part of the new PLDP approval process. A TDM plan will also be generated from this work, along with a shared parking strategy that are both integrated into the approach to development that is framed within the PLDP. The following summarizes existing infrastructure and current commitments for transportation to accommodate near-term needs.
SECOND AVENUE CORRIDOR IMPROVEMENTS. The 2013 SP-10 rezoning included a TIS that recommended highway improvements required for the first phase of development, which at the time equated to approximately 1,000,000 square feet of development and its accompanying 7,400 trips generated. As a result, the design is underway for improvements to the Parkway (Interstate 376) off-ramp at Bates Street and a series of intersections along Second Avenue that include: Bates Street, Hot Metal Bridge, Greenfield Avenue, and Hazelwood Avenue. The improvements have been funded by a combination of a State grant and Almono project funds. Construction is expected to start in 2019.
MON-OAKLAND CONNECTOR. The City is currently advancing a plan to provide a direct connection between the site and Oakland on a limited access route through Panther Hollow and along existing public rights-of-way. The Mon-Oakland Connector route has been devised to serve neighborhoods with limited transit access and to pilot the operation of autonomous transport shuttles that would be publicly accessible.
TRANSIT SERVICE. Transit service does not yet travel onto the site. However, four Port Authority of Allegheny County (Port Authority) routes - the 56, 57, 58, and 93 - run along Second Avenue, Irvine Street, and Greenfield Avenue to connect Hazelwood and Greenfield to Downtown and Oakland. The TIS and the overall transportation strategy will seek to prepare for public transit service to Hazelwood Green as soon as there is demand on site.
BICYCLE NETWORK. The opening of Blair Street and its separated cycle path will create a safe, off-street commuter route between the site and South Side, Downtown, and Oakland. Furthermore, the opening of Lytle Street and Street "C" with their grade-separated cycle lanes will facilitate and encourage cycling within Hazelwood Green.
HIGHWAY CONNECTIONS. The site location also provides easy vehicular access to the state highway system, Pittsburgh International Airport, the County Airport, the university district of Oakland, and the Central Business District. An average commute time to the immediately surrounding suburbs is 30 to 40 minutes depending on peak versus off-peak times. There may be opportunity to use microtransit systems for these outlying areas.
Future Multi-Modal Systems
There are multiple options for increasing multi-modal capacity and expand linkages to downtown, Oakland, South Side, other innovation hubs in the City, and to the greater region. Options could include: extension of the existing light rail system from Downtown, aerial gondolas that take advantage of Pittsburgh’s terrain, water taxis that connect multiple riverfront destinations, accessible and safe active transportation networks, enhanced bus routes, and microtransit options. Almono intends to conceptually assess these and other long-term alternatives over the next year to determine feasible options that facilitate the full build-out potential of Hazelwood Green and improve overall mobility for all of Pittsburgh.