PITTSBURGH (CBS/AP) — Uber says it’s expanding its Pittsburgh operations by testing self-driving cars at a former mill site in the city.

The San Francisco-based ride-sharing company announced plans during a community meeting Tuesday to renovate an old locomotive roundhouse at the former LTV coke works site. The site would be home to temporary test roadways for self-driving cars.

1940s photo of Long stairway in old mill district of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Wikimedia Commons)

1940 photo of Long stairway in old mill district of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Wikimedia Commons)

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The company says it also plans to break ground in the next few months on another research facility on the 178-acre site known as Almono.

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The director of Uber’s Advanced Technologies Center says the investments in Pittsburgh are key to the future of transportation.

Several residents welcomed Uber and said it could help attract more companies and jobs to the area. But others feared it wouldn’t benefit the Hazelwood neighborhood.

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