Opponents testify Monday over Pittsburgh mass transit project

Opponents testify Monday over Pittsburgh mass transit project

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh residents are blasting a city proposal to build a road through part of a popular park.

People who are against the Mon-Oakland Mobility Corridor say the project will interfere with pedestrian safety and create even more congestion and traffic issues.

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The project would cut through Schenley Park and through several neighborhoods, including Oakland, Hazelwood, Greenfield and potentially Highland Park.

The road would be used for self-driving shuttles to take people from the Hazelwood Green Development to Oakland.

Those against the project want the millions of dollars that would be spent on it to be used in other ways, such as for bike trails, safer pedestrian crossing areas and fully accessible sidewalks.

Barb Warwick and her neighbors presented an alternative transit plan to council on Monday.

Council President Bruce Kraus said he's aware of neighbors' concerns.

"I believe every citizen's concern is legit when they bring it into council. We take it and we weigh it with, as you've heard time and again this morning, difficult decisions that we're required to make," said Kraus.

The Mon-Oakland connector is expected to cost about $22 million.