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The one thing really interesting about Pittsburgh are the number of bridges and tunnels there are in and around the city. In one article I read it said that Pittsburgh now beats out Venice, Italy as the city with the most bridges within the city limits. They claim to have 3 more then Venice. It was either in that article or another that I read that in fact they are not entirely sure how many bridges should be counted as it really doesn't include all the pedestrian and railroad bridges. Whatever the number is I concur that there are one heck of a lot of bridges in Pittsburgh.
On the main Interstate road into town you first go through the Fort Pitt Tunnel (picture #2) and when exiting the tunnel have to make up your mind pretty quick where you want to go as there are 3 options: 1) one straight into downtown, 2) one to the Strip District and 3) one to the Cultural District. If you don't get off on the right exit you will find yourself backtracking a little bit to get where you really want to get to.
Our first time coming into town from our hotel 11 miles away I made the right decision on a Friday night about 7:00 p.m. Fortunately, traffic was very light and even if I had selected the wrong lane I would have had a little time and distance to recover.
Written Jul 14, 2011
Pittsburgh's Airport is huge for a city of its size. At the center of the airport's terminal is a shopping mall, with plenty of shops and restaurants to occupy your time if you get stuck with a multi-hour layover. We actually have done some of our Christmas shopping their when we have flown to Pittsburgh to visit Mike's family.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
In Pittsburgh, buses are free downtown within the Golden Triangle as far as Ross Street or 11th Street until 7 pm, then the fares range from $1.50 to $3.25 depending on how far you go. During special events the max fare goes up to over $5.
On Pittsburgh buses, you pay as you board when you're going toward downtown and pay as you depart the bus on your way away from Downtown.
The 28X bus runs an express route between the airport and downtown. The cost is just $2.75 and takes maybe 25 minutes to get downtown from the airport.
One Zone $20.00
Two Zone $24.00
Three Zone $30.00
One Zone $75.00
Two Zone $90.00
Three Zone $110.00
One Zone $825.00
Two Zone $990.00
Three Zone $1,210.00
Updated Sep 25, 2010
Pittsburgh is well served by mass transit but we were on the tail end of a six month trip traveling around the US National Park system and to get all our gear from place to place, our car was the best option.
D was her ever sweet self driving from Great Lakes Brewing in Cleveland to our friends' place in Pittsburgh which took 2 hours and was about 125 miles.
Our friend drove us to The Church Beer Works in town so D got a night off as the designated driver.
I drove the leg from Pittsburgh to my brother's house in Delaware which was 350 miles and 5.5 hours. It was the end of the drive "back east" though we would explore the NE for a couple weeks, visiting friends and of course, visiting a few brewpubs.
Written Jan 1, 2010
With a plethora of one-way streets, bridges, exits ramps, steep roads, rivers, tunnels, hills, and drivers making Pittsburgh lefts, the city can be difficult to drive around. To make matters worse, my Garmin Nuvi can't hardly talk fast enough to tell me when and where to turn when taking the bridges and parkways around downtown. Add sporting events at the downtown stadiums and arenas and soon casino traffic, and rush hours get interesting. What happens when there's a sports championship parade blocking all streets downtown?
Updated Jun 17, 2009
The general rule when parking downtown is the closer to the US Steel Tower you get, the more expensive parking will be. For example, the Mon Wharf costs just $8 per day while the Mellon Square Garage will run you $14 per day. If you park in the private lot under the Steel Tower, expect to pay closer to $22 per day. Some downtown hotels charge upwards and above $26 for valet parking. The Omni for example, charges $26 for valet parking, but they park your car in the Mellon Square garage across the street, where you'd pay just $14 to park on your own.
The Pittsburgh Parking Authority runs the public garages, lots, and on-street parking while various private companies also offer parking to the general public.
Some of the best parking bargains in the Burgh are at Station Square, the Strip and Mellon Arena where parking is under $8 per day.
Updated Jun 17, 2009
Phone: (412) 560-PARK
Lots of cab companies, but be sure to find which you want and have the number on hand, because taxi's don't drive around Pittsburgh looking for people, you have to call them.
Also, be aware that the taxi drivers are essentially contractors. When you call, the taxi company will tell the taxi drivers that they have contact with that there is someone looking for a ride. A taxi driver MAY OR MAY NOT EVER SHOW UP since each of them can decide whether or not they are interested.
Updated Jun 14, 2009
The trolley or "T" is Pittsburgh's Subway system moving around downtown and the south hills.
It is priced the same as the buses.
Updated Jun 14, 2009
Parking in Pittsburgh was relatively easy. Our hotel had valet parking as well as a parking garage for public use. Around the city there was plenty of street parking and metered parking available. We were quite surprised at how easy it was to find parking and how cheap it was.
Written Apr 2, 2009
On my most recent trip we drove to Pitsburg from Michigan. The drive wasn't too bad but the roads were rather bad and in need of repair. Our drive home was a bit hairy; it was pouring rain with thunder and lightning. I drove slow and took my time in the rain; no need to speed in such bad weather. We arrived home a little later than planned but we arrived safe.
Updated Apr 1, 2009
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