Pittsburgh has a relatively concentrated downtown -- the distance between Firstside Park on the southern border and the David Lawrence Convention Center that hugs the Allegheny River is less than 1 mile.
Pittsburgh is trying to attract more residents, which would tax existing transportation systems. Karina Ricks is director of the city’s Department of Mobility and Infrastructure. Just a few months away from her one-year anniversary on the job, Ricks talked with 90.5 WESA’s Margaret J. Krauss about her work making Pittsburgh a safer, more accessible city with room to grow.
From a transportation perspective, Pittsburgh has a lot of challenges: narrow streets, steep hills and aging infrastructure that needs maintenance.