The loneliness of a middle distance pedestrian

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jonawebb
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If it’s PennDOT, which I think it is, you can fix the problems by going to this web form: http://www.dot.state.pa.us/penndot/districts/district11/d11ccc.nsf and entering a description of the issue. Be sure to mention the ADA compliance issues. I’ve gotten problems fixed using that form. (Absurdly, it only works with Internet Explorer, but whatever.)
Basically, what happens is PennDOT hires a contractor, who does a crap job, and if nobody complains they don’t have to fix it. So complain.


salty
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That sucks. I’d 311 it, at least… probably won’t help but at least there will be a record of it.


byogman
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Is there no systematic way of knowing (short of something being a limited access highway), when to log complaints to the near black hole here http://pittsburghpa.gov/311/form vs. what I thought was a total black hole (and am happy to hear of a counterexample) here http://www.dot.state.pa.us/penndot/districts/district11/d11ccc.nsf ?

Pretty clear case of a need for a google maps mashup.

I took a look at a few maps on the PennDot website and was pretty frustrated, but this one was interesting: ftp://ftp.dot.state.pa.us/public/Districts/District11/internet/interchanges.pdf The visceral effect is somewhat the same as looking at scars.

I saw the parkway ramp spillout onto Bates there (page 14 of the PDF, coded SR 8006) and complained about lack of safe ADA compliant crossability of that sidewalk. Not holding out any real hope, but was worth a form submit.


jonawebb
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This is sort of interesting… Pittsburgh falls in the top third of cities in the US for transit use rate. http://fivethirtyeight.com/datalab/how-your-citys-public-transit-stacks-up/
Also, NYC dominates completely — more transit use than the next 16 biggest US transit systems combined.


buffalo buffalo
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Is there no systematic way of knowing (short of something being a limited access highway), when to log complaints to the near black hole here http://pittsburghpa.gov/311/form vs. what I thought was a total black hole (and am happy to hear of a counterexample) here http://www.dot.state.pa.us/penndot/districts/district11/d11ccc.nsf ?

I don’t know of a proper listing of state roads (Wikipedia’s trying, but it’s very incomplete), but the state offers a map which marks all state roads. It’s a humongous PDF, though: ftp://ftp.dot.state.pa.us/public/pdf/BPR_pdf_files/Maps/GHS/Roadnames/allegheny_GHSN.PDF

Per the map, Penn is a state road east of Target (as PA-380–coded SR-0400…loooong story–and then PA-8), and between 31st St Bridge and Butler St (as SR-2122), but from Downtown to 31st and from Butler to Centre it’s a city road.

As for relative black-hole-ness, I’ve found the 311 twitter account (@Pgh311) pretty responsive…

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