Mass Transit & Aviation
The mass transit needs of county residents are served by the Port Authority of Allegheny County, the 14th largest public transportation system in the country. Port Authority has a fleet of 1,000 buses, 83 light rail vehicles and 75 mini-buses. It also operates the Monongahela and Duquesne Inclines and sponsors ACCESS, the nation’s largest paratransit program of its kind for senior citizens and people with disabilities. Port Authority provides fast and convenient service on three busways: the Martin Luther King, Jr. East Busway transports riders between downtown and the eastern suburbs; the South Busway connects the South Hills and Station Square to downtown; and the West Busway links downtown to the Carnegie interchange of the Parkway West. With the busways, Port Authority offers a Park and Ride program, which has grown to 63 lots and more than 14,800 parking spaces.
Photo by Roy Engelbrecht
The Port Authority also operates a 22.5 mile light rail system, known as the "T" which connects the downtown and the South Hills, with easy transfer to and from buses at major stations.
The Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT), opened in 1992 and situated on 12,900 acres 16 miles west of downtown Pittsburgh, is among the world's most modern airport terminal complexes. In 1998, more than 20.5 million travelers passed through PIT, which offers more than 600 daily non-stop flights to over 110 cities including non-stop international flights to several Canadian cities and to Paris and Frankfurt.
PIT's state-of-the-art design features two separate buildings connected by an underground people-mover system. The Landside Terminal houses ticketing, security and baggage operations. The Airside Terminal includes 75 jet gates and the unique airport experience, Airmall, a shopper's paradise featuring local, national and international retailers and eateries.
The enormous impact of PIT on the local economy is reflected in the number of high profile developments rising from the surrounding landscape, which include, the Airside Business Park, the Business Aviation and Cargo Center and the Airport Hyatt Hotel.