Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Shuttle Proposal between Oakland and Hazelwood Drawing Opposition

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Shuttle Proposal between Oakland and Hazelwood Drawing Opposition

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In what they described as a "family friendly community march," 75 people on Sunday afternoon walked from the Panther Hollow neighborhood in Oakland to the Junction Hollow area of Greenfield to peacefully protest plans to install a shuttle system that would go through their neighborhoods to connect Hazelwood and Oakland.

Some protesters pushed babies in strollers, others had dogs on leashes, several rode bicycles and two traveled in wheelchairs as they all chanted, "They say roadway, we say no way."

Many carried signs, including one that told Pittsburgh officials, "This is not the route you're looking for."

The $10 million shuttle system would benefit the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University and other "undisclosed private partners," said Ziggy Edwards, a resident of Junction Hollow, also known as The Run, who organized the community march.

Ms. Edwards wore a bright green T-shirt with the words "Speak Up For The Run."

The shuttle system would not help residents of Panther Hollow and The Run, and would "forever alter and possibly erase the character and integrity of both communities," she said.

Danna Cascone, who with her husband, Josh, bought a house in The Run seven years ago, said, "My neighbors have made it clear we do not need a private roadway. What we need is flood mitigation, walkable sidewalks and better access to public transit."

Mrs. Cascone said residents of The Run were pleased to hear that Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority is refining plans for a $41 million flood abatement program for their low-lying and frequently flooded neighborhood.

Multiple residents said they are dismayed because city officials seem to be "piggybacking" the flood program with the shuttle program.

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto never responded to a petition signed by 500 residents who oppose the shuttle and roadway, Ms. Edwards said. …

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