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Pittsburgh International Airport and Transportation
Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) is a world-class facility that accommodates more than 10 million travelers in nearly 210,000 aircraft operations per year. With about 191 non-stop flights per day to 49 destinations, Pittsburgh International Airport is served by 13 air carriers. PIT has been frequently recognized for its quality in meeting traveler’s needs. The OAG Worldwidelisted the facility to its short list of the world’s best airports for four consecutive years.
The Terminal is a series of three buildings linked by a variety of people moving transportation means. With the airplanes at one end and the parking lot at the other, travelers need only take a few steps to cross more than half a mile from the landside to airside terminal. A model to other airports around the world, the design of the terminal was planned to simplify aircraft movement on the airfield and ease pedestrian traffic to the gates.
There are three major taxis cab companies into the city of Pittsburgh, Pettus Taxi Service at (412-242-3222); Yellow Cab (412-321-8100); and Classy Cab at (412-322-5080. Fares into Pittsburgh run about $40. There is also Super Shuttle service (800-258-3826) and a one way fare will run $21 and a round trip fare is $42.
There is also public transportation bus the Airport Flyer route 28X that travels between the airport and downtown Pittsburgh. The trip is $2.60 (exact change required) and takes about 45 minutes. You can find more information at www.portauthority.org/PAAC/tabid/241/default.aspx.
Amtrak Train Service
Pittsburgh's Amtrak train station is located right across from the Greyhound bus terminal, just east of Grant Street on Liberty Avenue, in the basement of the Pennsylvanian. Two Amtrak passenger routes service Pittsburgh daily: the Capitol Limited (Washington D.C., Pittsburgh, Chicago) and the Pennsylvanian (Pittsburgh to New York City). Pittsburgh has access to the full Amtrak system, but some destinations may require a bus/train combination.
Getting Around Town
Downtown Pittsburgh occupies a compact 50-acre area bordered by Grant Street to the east, Penn Avenue to the north and the Boulevard of the Allies to the south. You're never more than a few blocks to your destination, and downtown is easy to walk and nicely scaled for pedestrian enjoyment - with parks and plazas spaced conveniently between office towers and retail corridors. Outside of downtown, public transportation links the outlying city neighborhoods and suburbs.
The Port Authority of Allegheny County has more than 875 buses, 83 light rail vehicles and the Monongahela and Duquesne Inclines to help you get around Pittsburgh
Subway - The 'T' - Pittsburgh's small but clean and safe 25.2-mile subway and light rail system, the 'T' serves downtown Pittsburgh with a four-stop loop including stops at Steel Plaza at Grant Street, Gateway Center Plaza (Liberty Avenue and Stanwix Street), Wood Street, and the First Avenue Parking Garage. Underground, the music is classical, the art whimsical and travel within downtown Pittsburgh is free. The subway will also deliver you across the river to Station Square on the South Side for a minimal fare. After traveling under the Monongahela River, the 'T' runs above ground along three different light rail lines into Pittsburgh's south suburbs.
Public Bus - Multiple bus routes connect downtown Pittsburgh to cultural and other attractions on the North Side and Oakland as well as to the majority of the neighborhoods surrounding Pittsburgh. The Port Authority also sponsors the ACCESS program, the nation’s largest paratransit program of its kind for senior citizens and persons with disabilities.
Duquesne & Monongahela Inclines - Thousands of visitors each year marvel at the breathtaking view of the city of Pittsburgh while riding two of only a few remaining inclines in the country, the Monongahela ('Mon') & Duquesne Inclines -- which run up and down Mt. Washington just across the Monongahela River from downtown Pittsburgh. Many residents also use the inclines on a daily basis to get down to the base of Mt. Washington where they can hop a bus or the 'T' over to downtown Pittsburgh.