Public transit in Pittsburgh

Public Transit in Pittsburgh

While Pennsylvania is known for gorgeous landscapes and scenic byways, commuters and vacationers still want to get where they are going fast. The good news is that Pittsburgh public transit has already asked the right question to resolve this issue: What if you could get anywhere you need to go in Pittsburgh and didn’t ever have to sit in traffic? Public transit Pittsburgh-style ensures that this is not just a daydream.  

With one of the lowest travel-to-work times in the country, our transportation system is built for excess capacity. Getting around the Pittsburgh region is easy for Pennsylvanians, and you won’t even have to pump your brakes (that goes for driving a car or riding a bike) in traffic. Public transportation in downtown Pittsburgh is accessible and easy to navigate. 

Need to head out of Pittsburgh for a few days? Visiting family or friends out of town is simple with the acclaimed Pittsburgh International Airport connected to the center of the city by both bus service and light rail.  

When it comes to transit, Pittsburgh offers simple, affordable options and real-time support. Whether you are headed to Roslyn Place to see the last wood street in Pennsylvania or need to find a place to rent public scooters, Pittsburgh public transit has you covered.  

Commute Time

26.8 Minutes

Pittsburgh Metro Area (Census American Community Survey)

23.7 Minutes

City of Pittsburgh (Census American Community Survey)

45.7%

transit users commute under 30 minutes (Moovit Public Transit)

How to Get Around

Dog walkers in Pittsburgh
Walk

Atop its world-class transit system, Pittsburgh is also a really great city for getting around on foot. Earning a 63 Average on Walkscore, Pittsburgh is right up there with some of the most walkable cities in the United States. Boasting 31% of a resident population that either walks, bikes, or rides public transit to work, Pittsburgh is a healthy, easy place to be a stress-free commuter.

Biking in Pittsburgh
Bike

One of the perks of public transportation in the Pittsburgh area is that you do not have to own your own bicycle to enjoy the pleasure of biking the city. With our bike share system called HealthRide, you can pick up a two-wheeled ride from a selection of more than 650 bikes at any of the 110+ stations available throughout the downtown region. Pittsburgh likewise boasts 30 miles of on-street bike lanes and 44 miles of bike-friendly trails.  

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Pittsburgh bus service
Photo Credit: The Incline
Public Transportation

Pittsburgh Regional Transit (PRT) is the hub of the Pittsburgh transit service. PRT bus services and light rail trains can be accessed using the handy ConnectCard for faster payment where desired. Bus routes for over 700 buses run out of the PRT station to 7,000 stops, including the East Busway and the West Busway. Using the bus routes, travelers can visit vital points like the Oakland academic and healthcare areas, as well as to popular neighborhoods like North Side and Shadyside. 

The Pittsburgh light rail system features 27 total stations that span 26.2 miles. There is a Blue Line that runs between downtown Pittsburgh to South Hills Village via the Overbrook neighborhood and a Red Line that services the same but via the Beechview neighborhood. All public transit in Pittsburgh is accessible to people with disabilities, and traveling between downtown Pittsburgh and the North Shore is free

Plan Your Trip on Pittsburgh Regional Transit’s Website

Gateway station in Pittsburgh
Regional Bus Network

Travel downtown from outside the urban core with service and park-and-ride options from Beaver County Transit Authority, Westmoreland Transit, Mid Mon Valley Transit, New Castle Area Transit Authority, Butler Transit Authority, and Freedom Transit. Schedules vary between weekdays and weekends, but information about lines and running times is available at nearly every bus stop. 

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Travelers at the Pittsburgh Airport
Pittsburgh International Airport
An uber in Pittsburgh
Photo Credit: Uber
Share a Ride
  • The Local Necessities: Uber, Lyft, and more
  • The National Network: Greyhound, Megabus and Flixbus all maintain stations in Pittsburgh
  • The Moped Riders: Scoobi offers on-demand electric mopeds
  • The Bikers: HealthyRide bike share system comprises 110+ stations and 650 bikes
  • The Duquesne Incline and the Monongahela Incline operate two distinct funicular cars that run up the side of Mt. Washington 

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