Pittsburgh’s Last-Mile Solution: Free Bike-Share
In the latest attempt to solve what’s known as the “last-mile problem” to encourage greater transit use, the Port Authority of Allegheny County has turned to bicycles. The Tribune-Review reports that Pittsburgh’s mass transit agency has partnered with the city’s nonprofit bike-share program to offer free bike rides for Port Authority bus riders.
Pittsburgh Bike Share will offer unlimited 15-minute bike rides for Port Authority ConnectCard holders through March 31. The company operates 50 Healthy Ride bike share stations throughout the city.
Pittsburgh Bike Share Executive Director David White told the paper that Pittsburgh is the first city in the country to offer free bike share rides to public transit users. The aim is to get transit riders to consider bike use as an alternative transportation option. The free rides are being offered at no cost to the Port Authority.
Riders will use their ConnectCards to unlock bikes. Two stations in the Golden Triangle were set up to use the cards when the program was rolled out on Sept. 28, and the rest should be enabled this week as Pittsburgh Bike Share implements a technology upgrade.
Work Begins on L.A. Metro Gold Line Extension
Global Rail News reports that work will officially get underway on Phase 2B of the Foothill Gold Line extension in Los Angeles by getting the utilities out of the way.
The authority building the extension serving Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties has awarded a $2.6 million utility relocation contract to WA Rasic Construction. The contract is the first to be awarded for the $1.4 billion extension project. Work on moving the utilities will begin in October.
When completed, the project will extend the Gold Line 12.3 miles eastward from its current terminus in Asuza to Claremont, stopping at seven stations along the way. The Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority said the line could go further east to Montclair if San Bernardino County can fund it.
Major construction work on the extension should begin in 2020.
KC Streetcar Moves One Step Closer to Riverfront
On the day that Kansas City’s downtown streetcar carried its three millionth passenger, the Kansas City Streetcar Authority board voted to take the next step towards extending the line to the city’s riverfront park.
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