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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Because the campus is located in the city, you are able to walk to a lot of the places you need to go. Also the buses run right through the campus so it is always easy to use one of those because Pitt students receive free transportation.

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4 College Junior

Transportation: Having free bussing is really great, although they're not always reliable

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Pitt provides daily bus services, SafeRider for nights out, and charter buses for holidays

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: We get free port authority bussing, which is so helpful

5 College Freshman

Transportation: One of the best things about Pitt is that you get free rides on any Port Authority bus, the campus shuttle to upper campus, even the T, all completely for free. So maybe it's not exactly campus transportation, but when you have access to the entire city of Pittsburgh, who needs just a campus shuttle?

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Free public transportation is one of the biggest perks of being an ID-carrying Pitt student. Both the city bus lines and the 'T' are free and can give you access to the expansive Pittsburgh neighborhoods served by their routes. Local shopping districts and areas with nightlife are close by to campus. If you're willing to ride a bit farther, you can reach a few different shopping plazas, including the Waterfront, which has a Target, Best Buy, restaurants, movie theaters, and stores. Free bus rides are especially great for going places like Downtown where parking is always a hassle. Most of the buses that come through Oakland go Downtown so there's never much of a wait.

The biggest complaint about public transportation is availability. During the daytime, you shouldn't have any problems getting where you need to go—buses to all major areas run frequently, especially during rush hour. But at night, options tend to be more limited. Some bus routes quit running around midnight on weeknights, and none run past 3 a.m. It's a little better on weekends, but you'll still want to check schedules carefully before you go too far out. Some routes only run once an hour after peak times and that can seem like forever in the middle of a Pittsburgh winter. Despite this drawback, the buses are too convenient to pass up. If you explore the quirks of each route early in your college career, you'll not only learn the city but also be able to get places faster and with less trouble.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Bicycle
  • PAT buses
  • Walking
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride to the airport costs about $35.
  • Airlines Transportation Company Inc. (412) 471-8900
  • Airport Flyer PAT's 28X Shuttle. The bus has numerous stops throughout campus, and the trip takes about 40 minutes; as with all PAT buses, the 28X is free with your student ID.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Department of Parking, Transportation, and Services

Forbes Pavilion - 3525 Forbes Ave. - - Pitt's Transportation Services runs the on-campus shuttles, as well as the SafeRider program and shuttles for students with disabilities. In addition, this office manages a limited number of buses home for holiday and University breaks.

Public TransitWhat's This?

Port Authority of Allegheny County

The Port Authority is responsible for public transportation around Allegheny County. Routes include all Port Authority Transit (PAT) buses, as well as The `T' (a half subway, half tram rail line), and the Allegheny and Monongahela inclines.

(412) 442-2000

345 Sixth Ave., 3rd Floor

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Pittsburgh International Airport - The Pittsburgh International Airport is 22 miles and approximately 30 minutes driving time from Pitt.

(412) 472-3525

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Pittsburgh Greyhound Trailways Bus Terminal

The Greyhound bus terminal is located in downtown Pittsburgh, approximately four miles from campus. For schedule information visit their Web site, or call (800) 231-2222.

11th St. & Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh

(412) 392-6513

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Pittsburgh Amtrak Train Station

The Amtrak station is located in downtown Pittsburgh, approximately four miles from campus. For schedule information visit their Web site, or call (800) 872-7245.

1100 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh

(412) 471-6172

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 238 responses

  • 65% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 29% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 5% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 1% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 0% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 237 responses

  • 0% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 2% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 53% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 43% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 2% You can't have a car here.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 125 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 125 responses

Very convenient
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 125 responses

Very convenient
  • Airport
  • Passenger bus
  • Passenger train
  • Ride sharing

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 237 responses

  • 50% Very easy.
  • 48% Fairly easy.
  • 2% Fairly difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.
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