Getting Around Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh’s public transit system, operated by the Port Authority of Allegheny County, can take you nearly everywhere you will need to go while in the city. All buses use Downtown Pittsburgh as a point of reference, and nearly every route passes through Downtown. If you choose to travel by bus, it is important to know your location relative to Downtown, so you can choose the closest route to your destination.
The Port Authority’s Web site has schedules for all buses and the light rail transit system. The transit agency also operates a customer service hotline during regular business hours at 412-442-2000.
Most Pittsburghers navigate the city by car. For parents and friends from out of town, travel around the city by car is possible, but it is important for them to have a good map and to allow plenty of extra time. In addition, traffic in the Oakland area may be slow on Commencement day, and parking will be at a premium.
Please allow adequate time to park your vehicle and travel to the Petersen Events Center before the ceremony.
Unlike some cities, taxicabs in Pittsburgh are usually not “hailed” on the street. Instead, it is necessary to make a reservation in advance. Cab companies serving the Oakland area include Yellow Cab (412-321-8100), Checker Cab (412-664-5600), and People’s Cab (412-441-3200).