Alternative Modes of Transportation
No car? No problem! There's plenty of ways to get Downtown if you are without a vehicle. You can take public transit, ride a bike, share a carpool or vanpool ride, even walk. Below are some of the ways you can get here when your own set of wheels aren't an option.
Ridesharing: Commute Info
A program of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission, CommuteInfo is an organization dedicated to increasing the number of commuters in Southwestern PA who share a ride to work. The organization offers tips to potential commuters on the transportation options available and has listings of carpooling, vanpooling and bikepooling commuters in your area. To learn more about CommuteInfo visit their website at www.commuteinfo.org.
Looking for a Park and Ride facility? Check out this cool interactive map on the CommuteInfo Website. You can also get information about which transit operators serve your area.
Bike-pooling: Bike Pittsburgh
The best resource for anyone interested in biking around the city, Bike Pittsburgh is “driven” to mold Pittsburgh into a bicycle safe and environmentally-friendly city. Their Website provides you with interactive city bike maps and riverfront trails maps that can show you the best way to get through and around the city while enjoying the gorgeous Pittsburgh scenery.
Also, check out the Bike to Work Guide for information on parking your bike, clothing tips, and safety precautions while enjoying your biking experience.
Think about joining a bikepool to get more comfortable with biking to work. For more information about Bike Pittsburgh, click here.
Many of the Pittsburgh Parking Authority Garages have free sheltered bike racks, some even near an attendant. Click here to see a map of all of the garages.
Want to avoid the costs and hassles of car ownership but have more flexibility than public transit provides? If so, carsharing may be for you! Zipcar is proving to be an efficient and easy way for city-goers to get around town. You can take the car for a joy ride through the streets of the ‘burgh or use it for more serious, business matters. And, you can even keep the car overnight!
Become a member and see how easy it is to use: online reservations, easy zipcard access to vehicles, and a low hourly rate that includes the cost of gas and insurance.
PACommutes.com Offers Travel Options
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has launched the website, www.PACommutes.com, a one-stop resource for exploring alternative commuting options in the state, including walking, transit, biking and carpooling.
The site provides information on public transportation in each county, as well as area bicycle routes, walking trails and paths and car pools. The site also has information on ways to “green” commutes and save on transportation, including a commuter cost calculator to compare the cost of driving alone to carpooling, riding the bus, or taking the train.