CTAA EXPO: The Future of Mobility
Thursday Afternoon Tours
Get out and see our host city, learn more about how transit has shaped this region, or see the future of transit technological development. Whatever your interest, one of the CTAA EXPO Thursday tours is sure to right for you.
ALL TOURS WILL MEET AT THE CTAA REGISTRATION AREA ON CONCOURSE A of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Tours will meet at the close of the Thursday Luncheon/Policy session (approximately 1:30 PM) and return between 4:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Things to know:
You must be registered for EXPO to take a tour!
Beauty of the Burgh Bike Tour
Description: 2.5 hours long, 7 miles. On this tour you will cruise through the streets of the financial and cultural district, explore the strip district and check out the North Shore. You will dive into the history of Pittsburgh, tracking down the people who shaped this city to what it is today: a beauty. Old and new buildings, city squares and public art will let you see how this city was made.
What to know: All levels, we ride at a leisurely pace, no hills will be climbed. Despite not being required by law in Pennsylvania, we highly recommend wearing a helmet for your own safety! In addition, please get familiar with the GENERAL RULES on www.biketheburgh.com/faqs to be fully prepared before going on tour.
Every participant will be required to read and sign a waiver before the tour begins.
Note: There are NO RESTROOMS available at our shop.
What to bring: WATER. Wear comfortable clothing. Put on shoes with a good grip on the bike pedals. Sandals need a strap around the ankle. Also, NO FLIP-FLOPS ALLOWED on the bike tour!
Unique Pittsburgh Walking Tour
Description: 2 hours long, 2 miles. Walk by and into must-see cultural and historical landmarks as well as iconic buildings! Discover beautiful squares and fascinating pieces of public art! We will highlight the Best of our Burgh but also point out unseen details and hidden gems. Walking down major avenues as well as turning into small alleyways will give you a great introduction to the very unique city of Pittsburgh.
What to know: Every participant will be asked to read and sign a waiver before the tour begins. - Note: There are NO RESTROOMS available at our shop.
What to bring: Water-
What to wear: As tours will take place rain or shine make sure to dress accordingly. Bring rain gear and dress in layers on colder days. Wear comfortable clothing and good walking shoes. Sandals should have a strap around the ankle. Shoes with heels as well as flip-flops are not recommended.
Pittsburgh Light-Rail Tour
Learn about Pittsburgh's T Light-Rail system first-hand (part of which date to the early 1900s), with CTAA Communications Director Rich Sampson joined by staff from the Port Authority of Allegheny County to ride the T through the downtown subway, Mt. Washington tunnel and to the South Hills rail operations & maintenance facility. Bring Port Authority Pass.
Pittsburgh Busway & Facility
Pittsburgh's trio of busways are unique in the nation and carry more than 40,000 daily riders, including routes of four CTAA members from neighboring counties. Join CTAA Assistant Director Chris Zeilinger and staff from the Port Authority of Allegheny County for a ride on East Busway, details on Busway-oriented development and a visit to the Liberty Division bus facility. Bring Port Authority Pass.
Although all tours are fully accessible, be prepared for short walking distances of a few blocks at a time. Tours will occur rain or shine, so please bring or wear appropriate clothing. Be sure to bring a Port Authority transit pass, which can be obtained at the CTAA Registration Area.
Monongahela Incline Tour
Learn about Pittsburgh's Monongahela Incline, the oldest continuously operating funicular railway in the U.S. with CTAA Director of Technical Assistance Programs Charlie Rutkowski, joined by staff from the Port Authority of Allegheny County. The tour will include a ride on the T Light Rail system to Station Square followed by a trip up the Incline, 360 feet above the Monongahela River, with spectacular views of the Pittsburgh skyline along the way.
Note for the Monongahela Incline Tour: Space on the tour is limited to 20 participants; first come, first serve. Incline Tour participants will accompany the T Light Rail tour from the Convention Center, and will disembark at Station Square. Although all tours are fully accessible, be prepared for short walking distances of a few blocks at a time. Tours will occur rain or shine, so please bring or wear appropriate clothing. Be sure to bring a Port Authority transit pass, which can be obtained at the CTAA Registration Area.
On the Way to Automated Transportation: Connected Vehicle and Robotics Tour at Carnegie Mellon University
Description: This is a two-part tour that will take approximately three hours. We will be visiting two Carnegie Mellon University research programs for the testing of transportation technologies related to automated and connected vehicles. The tour will also introduce attendees to the development of robotics and adaptive technology for people with disabilities. (1) Connected vehicle pilot program at intersection equipped with Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) and machine leaning adaptive and plan to connect transit buses and to test adaptive signals "talking" to disabled pedestrians. (2) National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) at. This is a secure facility.