UPMC Vision and Rehabilitation Hospital

The UPMC Vision and Rehabilitation Hospital is part of UPMC’s $2 billion investment in specialty hospitals in the Pittsburgh area. The nine-story 410,000 square foot facility is located in the Uptown neighborhood along the City’s planned Bus Rapid Transit line. Trans Associates performed various traffic studies  to assist with the permitting requirements for the project.

Services Provided Include:

 TRAFFIC STUDY – Encompassed 22 intersections and 3 access points studied under the conditions of the City’s proposed Bus Rapid Transit system included in the analysis.

PARKING STUDY – Complex parking analysis of both the existing UPMC Mercy hospital and the UPMC Mercy VRH, including detailed analysis of future patient volumes and services.

TRANSPORTATION DEMAND MANAGEMENT (TDM) – TA developed a program of TDM strategies with the goal of reducing parking demand permanently on the UPMC Mercy/VRH campus. A periodic review process with the City was also defined.

TRAFFIC SIGNAL DESIGN – A new traffic signal was designed for the intersection of Forbes Avenue and Van Braam Street.

STREETSCAPE ELEMENTS – Included bumpouts, pedestrian crosswalks and the development of a mid-block crosswalk between the existing Hospital and the VRH.

ROADWAY IMPROVEMENTS – Design included relocation of an emergency vehicle-only left turn lane on Boulevard of the Allies to access Marion Street and the UPMC Mercy Hospital. This involved coordination with both the City and PennDOT to provide alterations to the existing median and median barrier, safety upgrades including crash-worthy impact attenuators, lighting and signing upgrades, and relocation of a PWSA catch basin.

COLLABORATIVE COORDINATION – Included meetings with DOMI, UPMC, PennDOT, HOK Architects, PWSA, Uptown Community Groups, and Duquesne University.