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Passive Train Control Cabinets in Allegheny Commons

Hello,

As many of you may have noticed, Norfolk Southern has been working in Allegheny Commons near the Soldier’s Monument installing some cabinets. Please see some of the images attached (credit Jerry Green) and read the following information I received from Norfolk Southern regarding the work:

Train Box Install
In 2008, following an incident in California between a commuter train and a freight train in which 25 people lost their lives, the U.S. Congress passed the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008, which called for the development and implementation of Positive Train Control (PTC). The purpose of PTC is to prevent train-to-train collisions, overspeed derailments, unauthorized incursions by trains into sections of track where maintenance is being performed, and the movement of a train through a main line switch left in the wrong position. PTC is generally required to be installed on main lines that are used to transport passengers or toxic-by-inhalation (TIH) materials by December 31, 2018, and to be fully implemented by December 31, 2020. Interestingly, when the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008 was passed, PTC technology did not exist, and over the past nearly ten years NS has spent $1.4 billion to develop, construct and implement PTC on 40 percent of its 20,000 mile network, including the rail lines through Allegheny Commons, which carry both TIH material and Amtrak passengers. The work within Allegheny Commons includes the installation of two aluminum signal cabinets in the vicinity of the former pedestrian bridge. Ultimately, these two cabinets will be relocated as part of the replacement of the pedestrian bridge, which is being funded by Norfolk Southern and PennDOT. Additionally, the large signal bridge and cases adjacent to North Avenue/Brighton Road will be removed.

Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you and happy holidays all!

Erin Tobin
Community Outreach Coordinator

Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy

Update: Allegheny Commons Master Action Plan

Hello!

In order to reach a wider audience to help inform the Master Action Plan process, the community meeting on November 15th is being rescheduled after the Thanksgiving holiday.

Please help us spread the word! Know of individuals, groups or organizations who should be involved in this process? Please pass this message along, or let us know by emailing me at (etobin@pittsburghparks.org).

As a reminder, this process is focused on BIG ideas. A final presentation of the MAP will take place in January. As funds are raised to carry out specific recommendations, the Parks Conservancy will engage the community in the design process for each project.

Thank you for your continued support!

Erin Tobin
Community Outreach Coordinator

Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy

Master Action Plan for Allegheny Commons Workshop #1 Report

Attached you’ll find a draft of the Master Action Plan Workshop #1 Report which includes a compilation of all notes recorded at the focus group meetings on August 30th and the public meeting that evening. We will be reviewing this document at this week’s workshop meetings to gather additional feedback. Feel free to review at your convenience and please let me know if you have any questions.

Download the Report (.pdf)

Please consider joining us on Thursday evening at the New Hazlett at 6:00 pm for an OPEN COMMUNITY meeting to discuss the Master Action Plan for Allegheny Commons. We will be sharing the feedback we have received over the last two months and results from the park survey.

Register for that event here.

Thanks all,

Erin Tobin
Community Outreach Coordinator

Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy

Join Us for the Second Allegheny Commons Action Plan Workshop

Allegheny Commons Master Plan
The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy is excited to work alongside our partners at the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny Commons Initiative, Northside Leadership Conference and the greater community to renew Allegheny Commons Park. Join us in developing the action plan for this historic park at an upcoming community workshop:

Allegheny Commons Action Plan Workshop

Thursday, October 5th
6:00 – 8:00 pm
New Hazlett Theater

Click here for details and registration. Can’t make it to the meeting? Give your input through this online survey.

Thanks for being a friend of the parks,

Erin Tobin
Community Outreach Coordinator

Be A Part Of The Allegheny Commons Master Plan

Allegheny Commons Master Plan

Help Develop The Allegheny Commons Master Plan

The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy is excited to work alongside our partners at the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny Commons Initiative, Northside Leadership Conference and the greater community to renew Allegheny Commons Park.

Please join your fellow park users at a series of community workshops to develop the action plan we need for implementing the master plan.

Master Plan Map

This effort will be completed by the end of 2017, and will produce strategies and cost estimates for implementing the 2002 Master Plan.

Upcoming Community Workshops

  • Thursday, October 5th, 6:00 pm – Location TBD
  • Wednesday, November 15th, 6:00 pm – Location TBD
  • Wednesday, December 13th, 6:00 pm – Location TBD

To provide additional input please take this online survey about the park. 

AWCC Membership Meeting Agenda – September 12, 2017

Calvary United Methodist Church, 971 Beech Ave
Tuesday, September 12th at 7:30 pm

  • Visitors
    • Councilwoman Harris’s Office
    • Mayor Peduto’s Office
    • Zone One Police
    • Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
  • New Neighbors & Guests
  • Minutes
  • Treasurer’s Report
    • Finance Committee Progress Report
  • Membership
    • September Mixer
  • Ways and Means
    • Update on Five Year Plan with Calvary
    • Debriefing 2017 Wine Tour
    • Alleys, Axles & Ales (September 23rd)
    • Christmas Candlelight House Tour (December 8th and 9th)
  • Friends of Allegheny West
    • Green Space
  • Property
  • Housing and Planning
    • Parking and Traffic
    • MCC: Blocks bounded by Western, Allegheny, Ridge, Bridge
    • Western Avenue Revitalization
    • Light of Life: Ridge Avenue Project
    • Revised AW Film Guidelines
    • Allegheny Commons Update of 2002 Master Plan
    • Expansion of Historic District (LRC Report)
    • Historic District Enforcement Issues (old cases)
    • Medical Marijuana Dispensary (decision to join ZBA appeal)
    • Comprehensive Guidelines for New Construction on Vacant Sites
  • Northside Leadership Conference
  • Other Business (Old & New)
    • AirBnB Issues/Impacts in AW
    • Allegheny General Hospital Master Plan

Share Your Views for Allegheny Commons Park

Park Action

The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy is looking for users of Allegheny Commons Park to provide input and perspective on the park and its current uses as well as how the park can be better programmed and utilized. With the guidance of the Northside Leadership Conference and the Allegheny Commons Initiative, the 2002 Master Plan for Allegheny Commons set forth a vision for restoring and increasing the value of Allegheny Commons. While significant progress has been made, fulfilling that vision requires an Action Plan for implementing the 2002 Master Plan, including appropriate updates and strategic bundling of projects into campaign projects.

Share Your Feedback Today

Thank you for taking the time to fill out this survey!

Fountain Construction Project Open for Bids

The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, in partnership with the City of Pittsburgh, is excited to announce the August 1st, 2017 Advertisement to Bid for the Allegheny Commons Phase III and Fountain Construction Project.

This project will reconstruct the historic fountain at the intersection of North and Cedar Avenues, and will restore walkways, trees, lighting and other amenities. It is based on the 2002 Master Plan for Allegheny Commons. The Conservancy and its partners, the Northside Leadership Conference and Allegheny Commons Initiative, express many thanks to all of the project supporters and stakeholders who have worked together to achieve this new landmark feature. Most especially, we appreciate the City of Pittsburgh for its substantial commitment to participate in this project.

Here is a link to the Invitation to Bid which is “live” August 1st – feel free to share
https://www.pittsburghparks.org/blog/commons-bid

Bid packages will be available on August 15th with bid opening on September 12th. We hope to start construction by October 10th with a completion date of April 30th (weather permitting). Please email Jenn Dailey, Director of Marketing & Communications, with any questions, jdailey@pittsburghparks.org.

Erin Tobin
Community Outreach Coordinator

Parks Conservancy

Community Workshop for Allegheny Commons

We at the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy are excited to work alongside our partners at the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny Commons Initiative, Northside Leadership Conference and the greater community to restore Allegheny Commons Park. Please join your fellow park users on August 30th for our first community workshop to develop the action plan we need for implementing the master plan. The professional team is led by LaQuatra Bonci Associates, and includes eDesign Dynamics, Cleo Consulting, and Fourth Economy.

At this first of three community-wide meetings, we’ll review the 2002 Allegheny Commons Master Plan and kick off the action planning process. This effort will be completed by the end of 2017, and will produce strategies and cost estimates for implementing the 2002 Master Plan.

We encourage community members to come prepared to provide input at the meeting. There will be a brief introduction followed by a series of work stations on a range of topics we will be tackling in this process. Thank you to the National Aviary for hosting us that evening.

We ask that you register online here. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions. Thank you!

Erin Tobin
Community Outreach Coordinator
Parks Conservancy

Help Out in Allegheny Commons for OpenStreetsPGH

Hello, Northsiders!

I am looking for some help this weekend at this month’s OpenStreets! I will be at a table over near the Iron Deer statue in Allegheny Commons with a table full of fun stuff and a device I use to make BIG BUBBLES =)

Big Bubbles

I will be there from 8am setting up till 1pm. Please let me know if you are willing to join me as a volunteer for even just half an hour. Any help is appreciated =)

Thank you all! Hope to see you Sunday!

Erin Tobin
Community Outreach Coordinator