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Bridge to 2030: Transportation

December 5, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The Bridge to 2030 educational series invites Pittsburgh to delve into topics integral to 2030 District progress, including energy, water, transportation, indoor air quality, and financing.

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Registration will close at 11am on December 5th!


  • 3:00 – 5:00 – Presentations, Panel Discussion, and Q&A
  • 5:00 – 6:00 – Networking Reception with Appetizers


  • $25 for GBA members
  • $35 for GBA non-members

This event is AIA approved for 2-LU|HSWs


  • Make My Trip Count (MMTC) Commuter Survey Public Data Dashboard  
  • Isaac Smith, Pittsburgh 2030 District Senior Director, Data & Performance Director, Green Building Alliance
    • Join us for the final installment of the Make My Trip Count commuter survey data! Isaac will be unveiling our public data dashboard of the results, where data nerds like us can take a deep dive into the commuting habits of those who work and study in Pittsburgh.


  • Metro21: Smart Cities & Transportation
  • Karen Lightman, Executive Director, Metro21: Smart Cities Institute
    • With intelligent traffic control systems such as Surtrac, travel times are reduced by 40%, with cars spending 40% less time at intersections and emissions are reduced by 20-30%.
    • A truly smart city must go beyond the technology and use human-centered design to develop and co-create solutions with end-user citizen in mind. In this presentation, Ms. Lightman will discuss the use of problem-solving, solutions-focused technology to improve quality of life. She will also share best practice and case studies of technology deployment in the public realm in partnership with the community.


  • Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Update, Battery Electric Bus Program, Open Data & Mapping Applications
  • Amy Silbermann, Director of Planning, Port Authority of Allegheny County
    • Port Authority will give a brief update on its latest Bus Rapid Transit project, its battery-electric bus program, and will share out on open data and mapping applications that they have been developing.



Karen Lightman is Executive Director of Metro21: Smart Cities Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. Karen is an internationally recognized leader in building and supporting communities based on emerging technologies. She helped start and then lead MEMS & Sensors Industry Group (MSIG), the largest industry consortium solely focused on MEMS and sensors. Under her leadership, MSIG covered every sector of the MEMS value chain and successfully orchestrated numerous annual international conferences, workshops and tradeshows. Karen has expertise with commercializing academic research, building industry-based consortiums and strategically leading teams to explore market-based opportunities. Her diverse background spans the consumer, military, healthcare, manufacturing, and automotive sectors. Karen is ranked by EETimes as one of the top 25 “Women in Tech.” She is a passionate advocate and spokesperson for technology solutions to real-world problems and has held several board positions and is currently treasurer on the board of the MetroLab Network.


Amy Silbermann is a certified planner and is the Director of Planning at the Port Authority of Allegheny County, where she has worked since 2013. Her Department oversees public facing data, analytics, sustainability, station design, long range planning, and corridor planning for the transit agency, including the Downtown-Uptown-Oakland-East End Bus Rapid Transit project. Amy received her Master of Science in Public Policy and Management from the Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University in 2013, has a Master of Arts in Teaching and has her LEED AP in Operations and Maintenance.


Isaac Smith wears many hats. Within Green Building Alliance, he’s the Pittsburgh 2030 District Senior Director, as well as the Data & Performance Director. Isaac developed the District’s very first reporting protocol, drafting the initial growth strategy while mapping expansion into Oakland, Uptown, and the Northside. More than six years later, he now benchmarks over 500 buildings regionwide, and has developed a performance tracking platform that has been adopted by cities across the country. Isaac holds a B.A. in Sustainability Studies, Community and Urban Development, from Messiah College, and is a LEED: Green Associate.

Registration will close at 11am on December 5th!

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December 5, 2019
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Paige Colao


One Oxford Centre
301 Grant St
Pittsburgh, PA 15219 United States
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