Lower Hill Redevelopment, Pittsburgh, PA

Transportation Studies

Trans Associates was retained to conduct a parking and multi-modal transportation study for the Pittsburgh Penguins Arena District Redevelopment Project.  The redevelopment area includes the CONSOL Energy Center and 28 additional acres adjacent to the City of Pittsburgh Central Business District, 

The Traffic Impact Analysis evaluated current parking options, projected future demand of parking needs, and provided a parking management plan.  as well as a traffic analysis including recommendations on traffic mitigation measures to meet the City of Pittsburgh requirements. A transportation management plan was developed to optimize traffic and pedestrian conditions during peak hours and event management plan for before and after events at the CONSOL Energy Center. Pedestrian and bicyclist movements and safety were also addressed.

Data Collection: Conducted vehicular, truck, bus, bicycle, and pedestrian counts and performed a field reconnaissance of all study intersections.

Parking Analysis: Evaluated current parking options, determined future parking demand, and provided a parking management plan for the entire redevelopment district.

Traffic Analysis: Calculated anticipated site generated traffic volumes, site traffic distributions, and future traffic volumes with and without the proposed development. Performed capacity and queuing analysis to determine appropriate mitigation measures to optimize typical weekday and weekend operations, as well as operations during events. Report findings included roadway and signal improvement recommendations along with preliminary construction cost estimates. 

Block E Transportation Study

As the overall development progresses in stages, Trans Associates is involved with the transportation impacts of the specific developments taking place. Block E components include a 900+ space parking garage (that will provide parking to nearby parcels included in the Lower Hill Master Plan), a retail space, and an entertainment venue. Trans Associates worked with the City of Pittsburgh to determine loading operations for WB-67 trucks within the site. Traffic analysis determined the impact of the fully occupied parking garage would have on the study area during daily activity and during events at the entertainment venue.