Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Have You Heard?

Port Authority is trying new forms of advertising to help generate more revenue for bus and T operations.

We recently began testing onboard audio ads at five stop locations in Downtown, Oakland and the South Side. These ads are loaded into our buses’ existing announcement system. When the bus passes one of the five stops, a brief audio ad is played.

We understand you may not be used to hearing ads on the bus, but new and different forms of advertising are tools we can use to support our system without raising fares or cutting services to save money.

These audio ads are made possible by a partnership with Commuter Advertising, a company that has successfully introduced this kind of advertising at transit agencies in Cincinnati, Jacksonville and other cities. Commuter Advertising makes money by selling these ads and shares a portion of the revenue with Port Authority. Since these ads use our existing audio systems, there is no cost to Port Authority for this program.

We have a lot of new advertising ideas that we’ll be rolling out over the next year, like website ads. We’re also looking at unused space at stations and along our rights-of-way as possible advertising opportunities.

If you’d like to learn more about the different kinds of advertising we offer, check out our Ad Products page. Or if you’d like to share your thoughts on these ads, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

New Warrington Avenue Detours Start Today

On Tuesday, June 18, contractors will begin the next phase of rehab work on Warrington Avenue, focusing on the area between Beltzhoover and Arlington avenues.

This work will impact local auto traffic, bus routes, parking and sidewalks, and is expected to be completed in mid-September.

The road will be opened completely for a few hours Tuesday morning before new around-the-clock detours for auto traffic and bus routes go into effect at approximately 1 p.m.

Warrington Avenue is partially owned by Port Authority as it contains embedded light rail tracks formerly used by the Allentown line.

A detour map is included below.

For more information, view our Detour Notice or call Customer Service at 412-442-2000 (TTY 412-231-7007).

Friday, June 14, 2013

Transit Tunnel Closed to Buses Sunday Morning

The Mt. Washington Transit Tunnel will be closed to buses from about 5 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Sunday due to rail work.

Light rail service will be single-tracking between the Panhandle Bridge and South Hills Junction during this time, and inbound riders at Station Square and South Hills Junction must board from outbound platforms.

The 40 Mt. Washington, 41 Bower Hill, 44 Knoxville, Y46 Elizabeth Flyer and Y49 Prospect Flyer bus routes will be detoured. Riders traveling on these bus routes should allow for extra time.

For more information, view our Detour Notice or contact Customer Service at 412-442-2000 (TTY 412-231-7007).

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Buses Detour This Weekend for Pride Events

Numerous Port Authority bus routes will see detours and temporary stop changes in Downtown this weekend for this year's Pittsburgh Pride events.

18 bus routes will be detoured all day Saturday for the Pride in the Street event and concert that will close portions of Liberty Avenue and Smithfield Street. View Saturday's detour notice.

Sunday will see multiple detours for the day-long PrideFest event and the Pride Awareness March around midday. Altogether about 40 Port Authority bus routes will be impacted that day. View detour in effect 11:30 am to 1 pm for parade. View detour in effect for the rest of Sunday.

Riders should allow for extra time when traveling on detoured routes. They should also be aware of schedule changes going into effect on numerous routes on Sunday. Minor detours for other events will also be in effect in Downtown and nearby areas this weekend. View all active detour notices.

For more information, visit the links above or call Customer Service at 412-442-2000 (TTY 412-231-7007).