Thursday, June 19, 2014

Port Authority Scores Big at Annual Telly Awards

Port Authority was recently presented an award for its new ConnectCard video during the 35th annual Telly Awards. The 60-second video, produced for Port Authority by Wrecking Crew Media, featured the Pirate Parrot riding the T and using his ConnectCard to get to the ballpark.

Port Authority ran the video as part of its year-long sponsorship with the Pittsburgh Pirates to promote the ConnectCard. Port Authority and the Pirates have partnered on a number of promotions since the ConnectCard was launched, including this season's Connect and Save promotion.

The Telly Awards honor outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs. For more information, visit

Friday, June 13, 2014

Buses Detour for Pride Events This Weekend

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

Nineteen bus routes will be detoured all day Saturday, June 14 for the Pride in the Street event and concert that will close portions of Liberty Avenue and Smithfield Street.

On Sunday, June 15, multiple detours will be in place for the day-long Pride Fest event and the Pride Awareness March around midday. Altogether about 40 Port Authority bus routes will be impacted that day.

Additionally, riders should keep in mind that schedule changes go into effect on light rail service and several bus routes starting Sunday.

Please allow for extra time when using detoured routes.

For more information, call Customer Service at 412-442-2000 (TTY 412-231-7007).

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Reminder: Schedule Changes Go Into Effect Sunday

Service for approximately 11 bus and light rail routes will be adjusted effective Sunday, June 15, 2014. Port Authority of Allegheny County routinely adjusts schedules four times per year.

Major adjustments include an overall increase in weekend service on the light rail system. Port Authority’s Subway Local limited service will be eliminated in favor of increased weekend frequency on the Red and Blue lines. An additional late-night weekday trip will also be added on Red Line.

Adjustments are based on data, such as passenger counts by stop and time, as well as feedback from operators and riders. Port Authority intends to make further system improvements later this year as additional operating funding goes into effect.

For more information on the adjustments, including links to new schedules, visit our Service Changes page.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Forward Thinking Closes this Friday

For the past four weeks, Port Authority invited transit riders and local citizens to join the conversation on the future of public transportation on the community engagement website Forward Thinking.  Thanks to more than 2,400 participants, Port Authority has collected more than 300 ideas to formulate a vision of what a modern transit system would look like for Allegheny County.

This Friday, June 13, Forward Thinking is wrapping up, but that doesn’t mean that the conversation is over. Later this year, Port Authority will give the community more opportunities to weigh in and participate in shaping our future. We are looking to the public to continue this conversation even after Forward Thinking ends.

Port Authority will be taking your comments and using them to help make future decisions on projects to enhance the rider experience and make the system more user-friendly. We’re committed to a new vision for Port Authority that is more transparent, accessible and modern.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

East Busway Detour This Weekend

A portion of the Martin Luther King Jr. East Busway will be closed this weekend so that Port Authority can demolish the closed pedestrian bridge and staircase at Negley Station. The P1 East Busway-All Stops and P3 East Busway-Oakland bus routes will be detoured during the closure.

The busway will be closed between Port Authority’s East Liberty bus garage and the Neville Street ramp from Friday, June 6 at 8 p.m. until end of service Sunday, June 8. The busway will reopen for Monday morning’s commute.

The P1 and P3 will not serve Negley or East Liberty stations during the closure but will instead serve nearby temporary stops. Riders should allow for extra travel time during the detour.

Please note that Port Authority's real-time vehicle tracking cannot currently display detours. Therefore the P1 and P3 will not be tracked along the detoured portion of their routes during the busway closure.

The pedestrian bridge and staircase at Negley Station have been closed since October 2007 due to deteriorating conditions. A separate entrance ramp provides access to the station from Negley Avenue.

For more information, view the notice or call Customer Service at 412-442-2000 or for TTY, 412-231-7007.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Take Transit to the Three Rivers Arts Festival

It's easy to visit the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival using public transportation. Port Authority of Allegheny County's light rail and bus service connects Downtown Pittsburgh to communities throughout the region.

Most Arts Festival activities are located just steps from Port Authority's Gateway Station light rail station and a short walk from numerous Downtown bus routes.

For help in planning a transit trip, visit, use Google Maps or contact Port Authority Customer Service at 412-442-2000 (TTY 412-231-7007).

Occasional riders and visitors are encouraged to use Port Authority's fare card system, ConnectCard, for the quickest, most secure and most convenient way to pay their transit fare.

ConnectCards with stored cash value are available for purchase at Port Authority's Downtown Service Center, most area Giant Eagle locations and other selected retailers. A one-way trip to Downtown is $2.50 from city neighborhoods and adjacent suburbs, or $3.75 from outer suburbs.

Once you have a card, it never expires and can be reloaded at any ConnectCard machine in addition to retail locations.

Calendar week passes and 10-trip blocks are available on ConnecTix, limited-use paper cards that are sold from ConnectCard machines.

For more details, view a map and list of all ConnectCard and ConnecTix locations.

Special fares are also available for seniors, riders with disabilities and children. Learn more.