Last week, Pittsburgh was ranked eight among large cities for commuting without cars, according to the Insititute for Quality Communities at the University of Oklahoma. We’re proud to be listed among some great metropolises, including New York, Washington DC, Boston, Philadelphia and Chicago.
Residents of the Strip District are fortunate to have so many transportation options. We are walking distance to downtown, with several interesting routes, from cobblestone Smallman Street to bustling Penn Avenue to the scenic calm of the river walk.
Cork Factory and Lot 24 residents love having the Three Rivers Heritage Trail just outside their doors. The trail, which runs along both sides of the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers, offers options for getting into the city center and to riverfront locations North and South. From here, a stroll downtown takes about 20 minutes, a bike ride about half that time. For now, the Three Rivers Heritage Trail will be closed through February 2014 for repairs, and traffic will be detoured to Smallman Street during this time.
The Strip District is proud of its new bike lane on Penn Avenue, complemented by a do it yourself bike repair station near 15th Street. Bicycle commuters are enjoying an increasing number of dedicated bike lanes, parking spots, protective laws and ordinances, awareness-raising events and up to date route maps, thanks to the efforts of Bike Pittsburgh.
For those who like to catch up on their reading or snoozing during commute time, our city offers frequent and reliable public transportation. Port Authority of Allegheny County buses run regularly along Liberty Ave, with stops just blocks from The Cork Factory Lofts and Lot 24.
- The 91 Butler takes us to the business and culture of Downtown or to the cinemas and shopping of Waterworks Mall.
- From hip Lawrenceville, we can catch a 93 to Oakland, home to the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon, Carlow University and UPMC hospitals.
- The 86 Liberty runs along Liberty Avenue between Downtown and the Wilkinsburg Station with stops in Lawrenceville, Bloomfield, Shadyside and East Liberty. That’s the bus to catch when heading to Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s.
- Busses on the 54 route transport us to the Warhol Museum on Pittsburgh’s North Side, the trendy coffeehouses of Southside or the action of Oakland via the Strip.
- Bicycles can be hauled between 26th Street and the Bloomfield Bridge via the bike accommodating Rack n’ Roll busses.
Running beneath the Allegheny River is the North Shore Connector. It’s part of the city’s light rail system that whisks us from one end of downtown to the other, and across the Monongahela River to South Side and communities beyond. You can grab that ride at the Gateway Center Station in the Central Business District. Even better, it’s free!
Of course, Strip District dwellers can board the water limo next door to The Cork Factory for a fun shuttle to the stadiums.
Lastly, out of town travel got easier with the arrival of the MegaBus which joins Greyhound for arrivals and departures at the junction of town and the Strip District. Amtrak’s station is nearby, with daily service to Chicago, New York and Washington DC.
So whether we’re heading across the country or just across town, Strip District residents can be carfree and carefree. We get around.
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