A question I am often asked is what the top concerns for city leaders are. The answer is usually clear: affordable housing, jobs and health care. But there is another concern that is beginning to get the attention it deserves in some of the most forward-thinking cities. That issue is mobility, a word encompassing all of the ways in which people and goods move about a city. Mobility is a crucial factor in determining how well a city can meet its challenges in the other three areas.
Bill Peduto, who became mayor of Pittsburgh in January 2014, made mobility one of his top priorities early on. He focused on reshaping the way the city’s transportation functions were organized and delivered so that they would support and facilitate Pittsburgh’s ongoing renewal.