Thursday, May 26, 2011

Holiday Service for Memorial Day, May 30

Port Authority of Allegheny County's bus, T and incline service will operate on holiday schedules for Memorial Day, this Monday, May 30.

Additionally, the Port Authority system will pause for one minute at noon on Monday in rememberance of military veterans and in honor of those currently serving. Vehicles will pull off to a safe location to observe this moment of reflection.
Port Authority's Customer Service phone line will hold holiday hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and the Downtown Service Center will be closed on Memorial Day. The Authority's Twitter feed will not be staffed on Monday.

Some bus routes will be detoured over the holiday weekend due to parades and other community events. Riders should check with Customer Service or Port Authority’s website for detours on their route. The following detours and service notices will be in effect for the following routes:

Sunday, May 29  
Monday, May 30
For more information, visit or contact Customer Service at (412) 442-2000 or the TTY number, (412) 231-7007.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

West Busway Partially Reopens May 23

Bus routes that have been detoured from the West Busway since Friday due to a landslide will return to normal for the inbound commute on Monday morning.

One lane of the busway has been cleared of debris caused by a landslide on Friday. This will allow for inbound buses to again travel through the slide area, located between the Sheraden and Ingram Stations. Bus routes returning to normal inbound travel are the G2, G3, G31 and 28X along with Beaver County's Route 4. Riders heading inbound on Monday should use their regular busway stations.

The outbound lane is expected to remain closed for several weeks as work continues to clear debris and assess the slide area.

Outbound trips on the busway will remain detoured through 3:30 p.m. on Monday. After 3:30 p.m., outbound trips will resume normal routing on the busway and buses will travel through the slide area in an alternating fashion -- controlled by a temporary traffic signal. Delays are possible but expected to be minimal.

Crews worked through the weekend to clear debris and reopen one lane of the busway since the slide occurred on Friday morning. The slide worsened Friday evening, increasing in size and dumping more debris toward the busway.

For more information, contact Customer Service at (412) 442-2000 or the TTY number, (412) 231-7007 for the speech and hearing impaired.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Emergency West Busway Closure in Effect

Due to an earlier weather-related landslide, a portion of the West Busway has closed for clean up effective immediately.

Routes that use the busway will be detoured through the remainder of the week and into the weekend. This includes the 28X, G2, G3 and G31 routes along with Beaver County Transit's Route 4. The detours include temporary station closings and stop changes. For details, click here.

Normal service is expected to resume by Monday morning, possibly sooner.

The landslide occured earlier this morning between the busway's Sheraden and Ingram stations. Debris from the landslide caused one lane to close as a safety precaution, but buses were not detoured and stops were not affected. Both lanes are now closed to give crews and equipment access to the area for cleanup.

For additional information, please contact Customer Service at 412-442-2000, or for TTY, 412-231-7007.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Temporary service suspension in Fineview for afternoon of May 21.

On Saturday, May 21, 2011, Leadership Pittsburgh will host a neighborhood event called, “Lights! Camera! Fineview!” During this event, a number of local streets in Fineview will be closed to traffic from approximately 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

11 Fineview will be unable to serve Fineview during this event. Buses leaving Downtown to Fineview will be detoured via Federal Street, Perrysville Avenue and North Charles Street and then return to Downtown Pittsburgh via regular routing. All outbound bus stops for 8 Perrysville along Perrysville Avenue between Federal and North Charles streets will be served by 11.

The closest bus stops to Fineview during the detour will be on Federal Street at Henderson Street and Perrysville Avenue at North Charles Street.

For more details, call Customer Service at 412-442-2000, or for TTY, 412-231-7007.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Marathon-related detours for May 14 & 15

Approximately 50 Port Authority bus routes will be detoured with temporary stop changes during the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 15, 2011. Detours will affect routes throughout various city neighborhoods, including Downtown, the North Side, Oakland, West End, South Side and East End.

In Downtown, most affected bus routes will be rerouted to serve stops near the Steel Plaza T station. Most South Hills bus routes, however, will terminate at South Hills Junction where riders may transfer to the T for free. Additionally, routes normally serving both Squirrel Hill and Oakland will not serve Oakland during the marathon, but a free shuttle will transport riders between the two neighborhoods.

Full details on detours and stop changes are now available on Port Authority's website and will be available in brochure form later this week. Temporary signs will not be posted, so riders should be sure to check detour information before traveling and contact Customer Service with any questions.

Detours will begin with start of service Sunday and are expected to last until the end of the marathon, approximately 2 pm. All routes will remain on detour until this time regardless of local street reopenings. During the marathon, riders should anticipate delays and allow for extra time when traveling.

Less extensive detours will be in effect on Saturday, May 14, for other marathon-related events. These detours will be limited to the North Side and parts of Downtown and are detailed in a separate brochure.

To view Saturday's detours, click here (link opens PDF).

To view Sunday's marathon detours, click here (link opens PDF).

For assistance, contact Customer Service at (412) 442-2000 or the TTY number, (412) 231-7007 for the speech and hearing impaired.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Schedules Adjusted for About 20 Routes on Sunday, June 12

Schedules for approximately 20 bus and T routes will be revised starting Sunday, June 12, 2011. Port Authority of Allegheny County adjusts schedules four times per year to improve service.
  • 6 Spring Hill: School trips (marked with an “S” on the March 2011 schedule) are discontinued for the summer.
  • 8 Perrysville: School trips (marked with an “S” on the March 2011 schedule) are discontinued for the summer.
  • 13 Bellevue: The last seven weekday evening trips will operate 10 minutes later. The affected trips will now arrive Downtown at 6:25 p.m. and extend to 12:25 a.m.
  • 16 Brighton: School trips (marked with an “S” on the March 2011 schedule) are discontinued for the summer.
  • 44 Knoxville: School trips (marked with an “S” or “T” on the March 2011 schedule) are discontinued for the summer.
  • 48 Arlington: School trips (marked with an “S” on the March 2011 schedule) are discontinued for the summer.
  • 51 Carrick: School trips (marked with an “H,” “P” or “S” on the March 2011 schedule) are discontinued for the summer. More trips will end at Brentwood Loop, reducing service frequency to Caste Village and Brentwood Towne Square from every 20 minutes to every 30 minutes. Trip times adjusted.
  • 54 North Side-Oakland-South Side: The error made on the March 2011 schedule in which "D" trips were shown serving Bausman Street has been corrected. No schedule changes have been made.
  • 61A Wilkinsburg via Forbes Ave: Some weekday inbound trip times will be adjusted between Wilkinsburg and Forbes at Braddock.
  • 61C McKeesport-Homestead: Some outbound trips ending at McKeesport Transportation Center Bay #2 will now end at Lysle Boulevard at McKeesport Transportation Center instead, and vice-versa. The two stops are adjacent and essentially serve the same destination. Trip times will not change and the rest of the route is unaffected.
  • 74 Homewood-Squirrel Hill: School trips (marked with an “S” on the March 2011 schedule) are discontinued for the summer.
  • 78 Oakmont: One weekday evening outbound trip will be added; trip will leave Wilkinsburg Station at 7:46 p.m.
  • 82 Lincoln: School trips (marked with an “S” on the March 2011 schedule) are discontinued for the summer. Some evening trip times adjusted.
  • 87 Friendship: Some weekday trip times adjusted.
  • 91 Butler Street: Some trips will now end at Old Freeport and Freeport roads rather than ending at the VA Hospital. Weekday midday service will now operate every 18 minutes. Numerous trip times adjusted on weekdays and Saturdays.
  • G2 West Busway-All Stops: Trip times adjusted. Headways adjusted for consistency. On weekdays G2 will now operate every 10-20 minutes during early morning, every five minutes during peak periods, every 10 minutes between 8:30 a.m. and 9:00 a.m., every 20 minutes midday and every 30 minutes in the evening. 
  • G31 Bridgeville Flyer: Trip times adjusted.
  • O12 McKnight Flyer: Adding two morning inbound trips to help with overcrowding. The trips will arrive Downtown at 7:35 a.m. and 8:15 a.m.
  • P1 East Busway-All Stops: Weekday schedule revised with trips added during various periods to address overcrowding. Round trips leaving Downtown between 9:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m. will operate 10 minutes later, and a round trip has been added to arrive/leave Downtown at 12:40 a.m. On Saturdays, a 12:35 a.m. round trip will be added. Some minor inbound trip time adjustments will be made on Saturdays in the early a.m. and late p.m., and throughout the day on Sundays.
  • P2 East Busway-Short: Additional trips added to address overcrowding. Trip time adjustments.
  • Y46 Elizabeth Flyer: New schedule corrects an error made on the March 2011 timetable. The last round trip on Saturday (arriving/leaving Downtown at 12:20 a.m.) was eliminated with the March service reductions but was mistakenly included in the 3/27/11 schedule. The June 12 schedule accurately reflects this elimination.   
  • Red Line: On Saturdays, all service after 9:00 p.m. will now operate every 30 minutes. Saturday service will also be extended, with the last train leaving Downtown at 12:40 a.m. Service frequency will change on Sundays. From start of service until 11:00 a.m., service will operate every 35 minutes; from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., every 20 minutes; from 5:00 p.m. to last trip, every 35 minutes.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

58, 61A-B-C-D detour for Race for the Cure

On Sunday, May 8, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Awareness "Race for the Cure" will take place in Schenley Park.

Streets within and around the park will be closed during the event, detouring the 58, 61A, 61B, 61C and 61D bus routes from approximately 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

To view a PDF flier with more information on the detour, including temporary stop changes, click here. Pink cards with this information will also be available on buses and at major schedule rack locations.

To view upcoming detours for all routes, click here. Port Authority also offers email alerts for planned detours -- click here to register and subscribe.