Station Area Planning enables the Port Authority to strategically manage its facilities and operations, and increase ridership by densifying urban nodes around transit stations and promoting healthy, active, car-free, and affordable lifestyles.
The Etna EcoDistrict Plan continues to attract recognition from planning and design associations like the American Planning Association and American Institute of Architects, and has won a Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence.
The Millvale Air Quality Plan was initiated because the Pittsburgh region ranks in the worst 4% of US cities for air quality, emphasizing a major health risk. As part of their Ecodistrict Pivot 2.0 Plan, Millvale Borough set the goal to become a “clean air community where people can breathe easy indoors and out”. The Breathe Easy Plan and implementation projects demonstrate how a citizen science research project can utilize expertise in the region to empower residents and produce impactful placemaking strategies.