ICYMI: Post-Gazette reports on Mon-Oakland Connector controversy

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Monday on a protest march from Oakland to Greenfield against a “proposed private commuter road to shuttle workers between Hazelwood Green and Oakland that some say would destroy the character of Schenley Park and other neighborhoods along the route.”

The proposed Mon-Oakland Connector would go through Junction Hollow in Greenfield, Panther Hollow in Oakland and parts of Schenley Park to Oakland. The $10 million shuttle system would be financed by a coalition of private partners.

Residents said they were not being kept informed about the project.

Timothy McNulty, spokesman for Mayor Bill Peduto, said in a separate article that the project has been “fully transparent,” including four public meetings, six stakeholder meetings and one resident advisory meeting. Information is available on the Mon-Oakland Mobility Project website.

Pitt spokesman Joe Miksch told the Post-Gazette that the concerns of residents are being taken into consideration.

“The University of Pittsburgh remains committed to exploring transportation options that improve traffic flow into and out of Oakland and the surrounding area,” he said. “For this reason, we have been closely following the public process, and we are eager to see the recommendations that emerge from conversations among city leaders, local residents and other stakeholders.”