Friday, May 4, 2012

Many Bus Routes Detoured During Marathon Weekend

Numerous Port Authority bus routes will be detoured this weekend due to the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon and related activities. Riders should expect delays and allow for extra time when using transit.

The T will serve regular stops and use its regular schedules this weekend.

For questions or assistance, dial Customer Service at 412-442-2000 or for TTY, 412-231-7007. The Customer Service phone line is open on weekends from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Six bus routes (20-21-22-24-36-38) will be detoured from 6 p.m. until the evening’s end of service due to the Boulevard of the Allies closing for kids’ marathon and 5K preparation. View detour information.


A 5K and kids' marathon will be held Saturday, impacting Downtown and North Side buses.

From start of service until approximately 12 p.m., all Downtown bus routes will serve only stops on Smithfield Street. Buses that don't normally serve Smithfield Street will be detoured to do so. Some North Side stops will also be impacted. View detour.
Then, bus routes 21, 22, 24, 38, 56, 57, 58 and 67 will be detoured from 12 p.m. until the evening’s end of service due to the Boulevard of the Allies closing for the next day’s marathon preparation. View detour information.
That evening, about eight more bus routes will see Downtown stop changes from approximately 11:30 p.m. until end of service due to additional marathon setup. View detour details


During the marathon, about 50 Port Authority bus routes are affected throughout the city from start of service until about 2:30 p.m. Detours will continue until that time regardless of local street reopenings.

In Downtown, affected bus routes will be rerouted to serve stops near the Steel Plaza T station, with the exception of South Hills buses, which will terminate at South Hills Junction, where riders may transfer to the T for free.

The 54 North Side-Oakland-South Side and 64 Lawrenceville-Waterfront bus routes, which don't normally serve Downtown, will be rerouted to serve Steel Plaza for increased transfer options during the marathon.

T riders should be aware of a local rail shuttle that will run between the North Shore and South Hills Junction during the marathon in addition to regular Red Line and Blue Line service.

Additionally, Hill District riders should note that the 81 Oak Hill and 83 Webster bus routes will not be able to serve Wharton Square until after the completion of the half-marathon (after 11 a.m.). To get to Wharton Square before then, take the 81 or 83 to First Avenue Station to connect to bus routes 48 Arlington or 51 Carrick, which stop within a few blocks of Wharton Square.

The 88 Penn bus route will not be able to serve Children's Hospital during the marathon. To get there from Downtown, board the 64 Lawrenceville-Oakland bus route near Steel Plaza Station.

Many other bus routes are also impacted.

View complete detour information.

Additionally, bus routes normally serving both Squirrel Hill and Oakland (61A-61B-61C-61D-67) will not serve Oakland during the marathon, but a free bus shuttle will transport riders between the two neighborhoods. The shuttle will operate between Beacon at Murdoch in Squirrel Hill and Sennott at Oakland Avenue. Inbound, the shuttle will use Hobart, Panther Hollow, Boulevard of the Allies, Dawson, Atwood and Sennott. Outbound, the shuttle will use Oakland Avenue, Bates, Semple, Ward, Boulevard of the Allies, Panther Hollow Road, Hobart, Wightman and Beacon. The shuttle will serve all posted stops along the way and riders may also flag down the shuttle at intersections.

View Squirrel Hill-Oakland shuttle information.

Also, after the marathon is ended, bus routes 21-22-24-38 will revert to their Friday-Saturday detour until the marathon finish line cleanup is complete. Riders must board at Liberty at Gateway #4 or Stanwix At Penn Ave Place Canopy (farside) while cleanup is underway.