Tuesday, September 15, 2009

G-20 Transit Information Announced

Today Port Authority of Allegheny County is releasing its transit rerouting plan for the G-20 Summit, taking place in Pittsburgh on September 24 and 25.

During this historic event, Port Authority will be providing bus and light rail transit to Downtown Pittsburgh using reconfigured routes developed in accordance with G-20 security zones.

Details including an interactive map, route-by-route descriptions and Park and Ride information are now available on
Port Authority’s G-20 Web page.

G-20 transit routing will mostly likely go into effect on the evening of Wednesday, September 23 and continue through the summit’s conclusion on Friday, September 25. However, it is possible that detouring could begin earlier or end later.

Similarly, sudden events or disruptions could lead Port Authority to further reroute its buses and light rail service. Things might change at any moment, and we will be providing updates through a number of channels:

  • Port Authority’s G-20 Web page: www.portauthority.org/G20.
  • E-mail: Anyone may sign up to receive route changes at our G-20 Web page.
  • Via employers and schools: Port Authority has developed direct contacts with many major employers and schools who intend to relay our information to workers and students.
  • Twitter: Port Authority plans to update route changes using its account at twitter.com/pghtransit.
Additional information will be released shortly, including a list of bus stop changes for each route, which will help riders to plan their trips, including Downtown transfers.

For those using public transit during the G-20 Summit, we recommend allowing for extra travel time. Port Authority will use its regular weekday service schedules during the summit, but delays – potentially lengthy ones – are anticipated. Our goal is to bring riders to their destinations safely and as quickly as possible.

ACCESS will be providing paratransit service during the summit, but encourages riders who have Downtown appointments to reschedule until after September 25. The Downtown ACCESS office will be closed for the duration of the event, but its call center will remain open.

Port Authority’s Downtown Service Center will be closed September 23-25, but the Customer Service line 412-442-2000 (TTY: 412-231-7007) will operate on its regular weekday schedule, 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

We should also mention that Port Authority is hosting a public hearing today from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center to gain public comment on its final Transit Development Plan proposal, which would bring sweeping improvements to the transit system. The full proposal and hearing details are available at
tdp.portauthority.org. To be clear, this is not related to the G-20.

Thank you for your patience, and we will continue to update you with G-20-related information as it becomes available.

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