Transportation

The Pitt shuttle buses run year-round (except during winter recess and spring break), seven days a week, 21 hours per day, to all parts of campus as well as to north and south Oakland, Chatham University, and the Center for Biotechnology and Bioengineering. Service runs on a reduced schedule during University holidays and the summer term.

Fixed-route buses and shuttles stop at well-lit designated points along their routes. The main campus stop is either the William Pitt Union bus shelter or the Cathedral of Learning bus shelter. After 7 p.m., all fixed-route buses and shuttles provide on-request drop-off anywhere that is safe to stop along their routes. 

Shuttles are now equipped with GPS and arrival information is available from a desktop or laptop computer. Arrival times are available on a smart phone by logging in or downloading the application from any iPhone or Android OS phone by searching “ride systems.”

View more information on University of Pittsburgh shuttles.

Port Authority of Allegheny County Partnership

Pitt students, staff, and faculty may ride Port Authority buses, trolleys, light rail, and inclines free of charge in Allegheny County by tapping a current and valid Pitt ID card at fare box upon entry.

Parking

Pitt operates 40 parking lots and 16 parking garages on the Pittsburgh campus. Student parking is offered to commuter, resident, and evening students. Several types of security devices and procedures help to provide for the safety of parking patrons:

  • Emergency telephones are located in or immediately adjacent to each facility. 
  • Contracted security personnel monitor, on foot, all open garages.
  • Security guards make scheduled rounds in our transient parking garages. By request, a security guard will escort patrons to their vehicles in these garages.
  • Facilities without attendants are patrolled 24 hours per day by Pitt police on foot, by bicycle, and in vehicles. 

Pedestrian Safety: Be Alert When You Walk

  • Don’t be distracted by texting or talking on your phone or wearing earbuds. Pay attention!
  • Look both directions before you cross the street—even if it’s a one-way street.
  • Be aware of reverse-flow bus lanes (for example, Fifth Avenue in Oakland).
  • Use crosswalks, but be aware that drivers don’t always stop at crosswalks. 
  • When using a crosswalk with a signal, remember that a steady WALKING PERSON means you may begin crossing the street BUT be aware of turning vehicles.
  • A FLASHING UPRAISED HAND means you should not begin to cross the street and those already crossing should complete their cross. A STEADY UPRAISED HAND means you should not cross the street. 
  • Be alert to drivers who might not see you in the crosswalk or at the green light. Some drivers’ view might be blocked or they might make an illegal turn.
  • Don’t walk behind a car that is pulled up too far and is blocking the crosswalk.
  • Walk facing traffic at night, carry a flashlight, and wear reflective clothing. White clothing will not necessarily make you more visible to drivers.

Driver Safety

  • Share the road with bicyclists and pedestrians, and be especially vigilent at intersections and crosswalks.
  • Provide 4 feet of clearance when passing a bicyclist, and slow down to a prudent speed.
  • Make eye contact with bicyclists at intersections and turns so they know your intention.
  • Do not park or operate a motor vehicle in a bike lane.
  • Be mindful of bicyclists riding along the curb, especially when making a right turn.

Bicyclist Safety

  • Yield the right-of-way to pedestrians, and give an audible signal before overtaking and passing them.
  • Share the lane when you’re moving slower than the traffic and can safely bicycle to the right. Take the lane when you’re going the same speed as traffic or if there’s not enough space to share the road.
  • Be alert to the “door zone”–the 3 to 4 feet next to parked vehicles where doors can swing open.
  • At intersections, be especially mindful of motorist who may be turning. Try to make eye contact whenever possible so drivers know your intention.
  • Ride predictably, do not weave in and out of parked cars.
  • Do not ride bicycles on sidewalks or crosswalks in business areas; dismount and walk your bike.
  • When riding at night, use a headlight and a rear reflector that’s visible from 500 feet. Both are required by law.