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Mayor Peduto wants a new transportation system to connect Pittsburgh neighborhoods

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto wants a transformation of public transportation in Pittsburgh that could include the addition of gondolas, marinas and autonomous vehicles, Channel 11’s news exchange partners at TribLIVE reported.

While on a panel of experts discussing potential for future growth, Peduto said he plans to transform Pittsburgh’s Parking Authority into a “mobility authority,” according to TribLIVE.

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The mobility authority would promote and invest in all modes of transportation, but it wouldn’t necessarily fund things like gondolas, TribLIVE reported. It would, however, work to expedite partnerships that would foot the bill.

Once connected by an incline, Peduto envisions a gondola system (enclosed cable cars and lifts) going from the Hill District to the Strip District, and then potentially to Oakland, he told TribLIVE. But he wouldn’t be opposed to a new incline.

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Peduto wants to change the Parking Authority over the next five years, TribLIVE reported.

“What a mobility authority would be able to do is to build off of the parking assets and look at additional investment in marinas and different modes of transportation such as gondolas, autonomous vehicles and any other type of inner-city transportation,” Peduto told TribLIVE.