Getting to Pittsburgh
Parking at the hotel: Valet parking available to overnight guests (approx. $29 per 24 hours, includes in/out privileges).
Street parking downtown is available but limited; on weekends, it is usually plentiful.
1. A sedan or taxi service. Pre-arranged sedan rides are a great option if you are sharing with others. Prices vary by company, but a ride to downtown typically costs $45-60. A list of sedan/limo, taxi, and other vendors can be found on the airport’s website: http://www.pitairport.com/limousines_taxis_buses.
2. Super Shuttle provides dependable transportation from the airport to the city, with fares of $25 and $50 roundtrip. For more details, visithttp://www.supershuttle.com/Locations/PITAirportShuttlePittsburgh.aspx
3. The Transit Authority runs an express bus, the 28X or “Airport Flyer” ($3.75 each way, no change given by drivers) every 30 minutes throughout the day. It departs from the ground level, by baggage claim, on the hour and half-hour. Take it to the 7th and William Penn stop, then walk one block southwest on Grant Street to the Omni William Penn. For more information, visit the Port Authority’s website: http://www.portauthority.org/paac/
Finding the hotel:
Getting around Pittsburgh:
From the hotel site, taxis will be plentiful, although riders would be encouraged to call for taxis from other parts of the city (we are not a “flag down a taxi” city). Pittsburgh has a public bus system that provides direct rides to several points of interest, such as Oakland (the nearby neighborhood hosting Pitt, CMU, and the Carnegie Museum).
Pittsburgh has a small light-rail system, the “T,” and a T-stop is adjacent to the Omni William Penn Hotel, our preferred conference site. The T and buses offer free admission within the downtown area. The recently renovated Gateway Center T-stop contains a huge Romare Bearden mural, “Pittsburgh Recollections,” easily viewable by pedestrians. The light-rail connects to the Monongahela Incline, a funicular built in 1870 to transport the expanding class of workers from mills and mines up to Mt. Washington, which overlooks the city from across the “Mon.” The oldest continuously running funicular in America, it is one of two in Pittsburgh, and now carries locals on their way home and tourists riding to Mt. Washington’s overlooks to see the amazing views of the city and its surroundings.
Taxi Cabs require a phone call to either a Yellow Cab (412-665-8100) or Peoples Cab (412-681-3131) dispatcher or should be available at hotels.