Getting Around Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh is served by two major automobile thoroughfares. Interstate 79 passes through metropolitan Pittsburgh from southwest to northeast. Interstate 76, the Pennsylvania Turnpike, runs north to south alongside the eastern perimeter of the metropolitan area.

There are two major routes into downtown Pittsburgh. Interstate 376 runs east to west across the city from Interstate 76 to Interstate 79. Interstate 279 begins north of the metropolitan area at Interstate 79 and runs south into the downtown area, where it intersects with Interstate 376.

Other main highways serving Pittsburgh are U.S. Highway 19, which runs north to south through metropolitan Pittsburgh. U.S. Highway 22 runs east to west through the city. Much of the route through the main part of Pittsburgh is shared with U.S. Highway 30, which is original Lincoln Highway, the nation's first coast-to-coast highway established in 1913.

Pittsburgh International Airport is west of the city on Interstate 376. Air Tran, American, Delta, Frontier, Jet Blue, Southwest, United and US Airways provide nonstop service to 30 cities in the United States. Service to Canada is available from Air Canada.

Car rentals for Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National, Payless and Thrifty are located on baggage claim level in the main terminal of the airport. The rental car pick-up and drop-off area is located on the lower level of the enclosed airport-parking garage, just a short walk from the terminal. Taxicabs and shuttle bus service are located on the transit level, one level up from baggage claim.

Port Authority of Allegheny County operates the West Busway, a two-lane highway dedicated to buses only. The five-mile West Busway connects the airport and several western suburbs to downtown Pittsburgh. South Busway serves seven stations on a four-mile route from the southern suburbs to the downtown area. Martin Luther King Jr. East Busway is a nine-mile route connecting the eastern suburbs to Penn Station in downtown Pittsburgh.

The "T" is a 26-mile light rail system that primarily serves communities south of Pittsburgh. The T operates a Red Line and a Blue Line serving 50 stations. The Red Line Extension offers limited weekday service to eight additional stations to the southeast.

The Port of Pittsburgh Commission offers a water taxi service downtown in the summer. Stops along the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers downtown include PNC Park, Heinz Field, Station Square, Point Park, and the convention center.