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Adjacent Construction Plans — CMU

The CMU Master plan and the Tupper presentation can be found at

There are some floor plans there, but not the relevant to us. The bicycle entrance from Neville will be on the garage level, which is one floor lower then Forbes at the bridge. Note there is a loading dock on Neville street, but this will not lead to any public areas, from there an elevator leads to the actual building floors.

The Master Plan amendment is slide 62 and 63 from the Apr 8 2015 meeting where they mostly talked about the new Tupper building. (39 MB)

Slide 47,page 45 shows the “Transportation Master Plan” with trail access on Neville St all along the edge of CMUs property .

Email from Mary Shaw, 1/11/16:

Campus design / facility development web site has a Tepper Section

Tepper Quad web site

Town Hall meeting April 2015, contains floor plans.  The closest thing I see to the Neville ramp is that on p.8 (Overall site plan) you can see the walkway toward Neville as it exits CMU property at the Central Catholic field.

Adjacent Construction Plans – City

Four Mile Run Watershed plans are in the works — public community meeting on Jan 24 2017 — haven’t laid hands on documents yet

Citywide Green First Plan — Four Mile Run is sec 6.2

Road/highway information

Pennsylvania source of traffic counts in general, but it isn’t helpful here

Design Standards

[[needs links to ASHTO, NACTA, MUTCD, etc (sp?)]]

NACTO is at

There’s a really nice chapter with dimensions of trails and various sorts of users in the Minnesota Bikeway Facility Design Manual Chapter 3.



Resources on Rails with Trails

CSX is seriously risk-averse. For legitimate business reasons, they do not want to allow cyclists, pedestrians, or anyone else close to the tracks. The principal reason is safety. In addition, they do not want to grant rights that interfere with future development (for example, building a spur to a new factory, lengthening sidings as they go from 1.5-mile-long trains to 3-mile-long trains).

The national Rails to Trails Conservancy has a resource page for Rails WITH Trails. Here’s the link:

[[When we walked the route, we were using 25′ as a target separation between the trail and the railroad. What is the operative number?]]

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