Exploring Pittsburgh's Forms of Alternative Transportation

May 20, 2014

Lyft vehicles, a ride-sharing form of transportation, are easily recognized on the street by their pink mustache.
Credit Marnie Schleicher / 90.5 WESA

According to a Census report released last week, Pittsburgh ranks third among large cities with commuters walking to work. As residents of cities look for alternative transportation the reasons they cite include convenience, affordability and environmental awareness.

According to Rebecca Harris, Director of the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University,  gridlock on Pennsylvania roads costs commuters “billions in terms of time lost at work as well as increased gasoline expenses.” 

“Here’s an interesting statistic," said Harris "If you use public transportation, walk, bike ride, or use an alternative form just one day a week can save you at least $500 a year on some of your basic gasoline and driving costs.”

“So we think about ride sharing, public transportation, biking, walking, it’s an option really for so many people and there are so many numerous ones out there,” said Harris.

Harris notes some particularly affordable and eco-friendly options:

Real-time ride sharing

Zip car

• Penny cab (also known as bike taxis or bike cabs)

Bike sharing

• Pittsburgh Port Authority Light rail (also known as the T)