Why and where to take public transportation in Pittsburgh

For the past two weeks, we’ve been focusing on public transportation and the where and how of finding a rental close to public transportation. This week, let’s talk about why using public transportation can be useful, and how to take full advantage of it.

Pittsburgh has fun events all the time, especially downtown and in the cultural district—First Night, Light Up Night, and that time a giant rubber ducky floated down the Allegheny River, to name a few. For events like that, parking can be expensive and hard to find. The easiest solution is to take the bus or the “T” (the city’s light rail system) instead of driving.

Here’s a (non-comprehensive) list of places you can reach via the “T” and the stops that are closest to them (listed north to south):

St. Anne's T stop
With a T coming by every 15 minutes or so, you’ll never be stuck waiting for long. But with gorgeous scenery like this, who’s complaining?
  • Heinz Field: Allegheny
  • PNC Park: North Side
  • The Andy Warhol Museum: North Side
  • Point State Park: Gateway
  • Market Square: Gateway
  • Cultural District: Wood Street
  • David L. Lawrence Convention Center: Wood Street
  • Console Energy Center: Steel Plaza
  • Duquesne University: Steel Plaza/First Avenue
  • Art Institute of Pittsburgh: First Avenue
  • Station Square: Station Square
  • Monongahela Incline: Station Square
  • The Ice Castle: Overbrook Junction
  • Someone Else’s Bar: Willow
  • South Hills Village Mall: South Hills Village

It would be insane to try listing all the places you can reach with the bus system, but suffice it to say that the Strip District, Lawrenceville, Bloomfield, Shadyside, Squirrel Hill, Morningside, South Side, etc. are all well connected. In fact, lots of T stops are also major bus hubs or have a bus stop right around the corner (South Hills Junction, Steel Plaza, and Wood Street, for example).

No matter where you’re trying to go, it’s much less headache (no traffic, no parking) to take public transportation if possible. Sometimes it does take longer than driving because you’d have to transfer, but it’s easy to weigh your options before leaving home. Just look up the drive in Google Maps where you can also look up the public transportation route. It’s also a good idea to look up the route in Allegheny County Port Authority’s Trip Planner, and generally familiarize yourself with the bus and/or T schedule in your neighborhood.

If you live a bit farther than walking distance from the closest T stop, you can drive there, leave your car in the adjacent Park & Ride lot, and then walk to the station.

If you’re new to public transportation, don’t fear, the drivers are all very nice, and Pittsburghers (yinzers, if you will) are helpful and friendly. To make taking public transportation as easy as possible, pick up a ConnectCard at a Giant Eagle or at the Port Authority Service Center on Smithfield St. (right around the corner from Wood Street Station). A ConnectCard saves you the trouble of providing exact change in quarters and one-dollar bills. You can load a cash amount onto the card, or buy a pass. All you do is tap the card to pay.

So the next time you go to a sporting event, a concert, a play, or any other event in the city, consider taking public transportation.

Looking for an apartment close to public transportation? Contact Prudential Realty Company for our availability at a variety of locations throughout the Pittsburgh area.

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