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Old 08-09-2011, 09:25 AM
 
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What is the commute like from Aspinwall to the Pitt campus by car at rush hour? How about non-rush hour? Is traffic over the Highland Park Bridge bad? Can it be done by bike or by bus with relative ease?

It looks like there are train tracks and a highway bordering the neighborhood. IS there a lot residual noise from these sources?

We are moving from an Washington DC and are totally done with bad traffic and long commutes (even if they don't involve a car!), thus we were originally interested only in neighborhoods in the city of Pittsburgh, but are trying to expand our horizons.

We have 2 children under 3 years of age, both parents will work at Pitt full time, so we want an easy commute, but have an eye towards schools for the future.

Thanks! We are looking forward to our move!!
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Old 08-09-2011, 09:29 AM
 
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There is direct public transit via the 71B which runs between Waterworks and Downtown via Highland Park and Oakland....It's a local High Frequency 71 series Route, so scheduling should not be an issue

You do not want to fight parking in Oakland, plus Washington Blvd to 5 AV is a PIA during the rush hours.

Use the Bus, plus you're getting on near the beginning of the Route so getting a seat should not be a problem.
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Old 08-09-2011, 09:36 AM
 
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Thanks for the quick response!! Very helpful. We are a 1-car family and would like to stay that way, so ability to take the bus to work is important. However, I'd still like some idea on what the drive times are like. We have guaranteed parking in a garage at Pitt as part of our jobs, plus, with 2 small kids who will be in day care at a still TBD location, one parent may end up having to drive.
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Old 08-09-2011, 09:41 AM
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A great choice.

1. Cycling to Pitt from Aspinwall is pretty easy if you don't mind one hill to go up. You can cross the Highland Park Bridge on the sidewalk. That is what I do and it is pretty relaxing. Then up through the zoo and then there are lots of options from there. I like Highland Ave. because it is travelled by bike pretty often.
2. Driving is okay as well. Cross the Highland Park and then you can go through the zoo, up Baker or Washington Blvd. Once across the HPB, you will find your favorite way. I vary mine according to what the traffic looks like.
3. Bus was already explained. There are also bike racks on the front of the busses, so you can do a mix.

I am thinking drive times would be 15-25 minutes depending on the time. Could be as little as 10 minutes if you aren't in the middle of a rush.
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Old 08-09-2011, 09:42 AM
 
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You would not want to take Washington Blvd. Negley is a much better option. A bike commute would be tough in the winter. The bus would be pretty easy.


I used to live in Aspinwall and loved it. Frankly, if you want suburban schools and a nice commute to Oakland then Aspinwall is your best choice. You do hear the train tracks. But it really isn't that big of a deal. The highway (Route 28) isn't a problem at least in Lower Aspinwall.
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Old 08-09-2011, 09:48 AM
 
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Yeah, I wouldn't take Washington during rush hour, but there are alternatives.

I'd say 20 minutes or so is a good guesstimate, obviously depending on your exact endpoints.

Generally, I think Aspinwall is a great choice for people who like the nicer neighborhoods in the East End, but want to be in a top public school district.
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Old 08-09-2011, 09:55 AM
 
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I take Washington Boulevard every day from Awall It's not bad unless there is a heavy rain the road enjoys flooding. Unfortunately, the Oakland bus does not come that frequently in the morning. every 30-40 minutes I believe. The commute on the bus is about 40 minutes because of all the traffic and stops. But Aspinwall is GREAT! I reccomend it! Good restaurants, good people etc!
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Old 08-09-2011, 10:05 AM
 
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I take Washington Boulevard every day from Awall It's not bad unless there is a heavy rain the road enjoys flooding. Unfortunately, the Oakland bus does not come that frequently in the morning. every 30-40 minutes I believe. The commute on the bus is about 40 minutes because of all the traffic and stops. But Aspinwall is GREAT! I reccomend it! Good restaurants, good people etc!

Coming home on Washinton Blvd is a nightmare.
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Old 08-09-2011, 10:06 AM
 
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I take Washington Boulevard every day from Awall It's not bad unless there is a heavy rain the road enjoys flooding. Unfortunately, the Oakland bus does not come that frequently in the morning. every 30-40 minutes I believe. The commute on the bus is about 40 minutes because of all the traffic and stops. But Aspinwall is GREAT! I reccomend it! Good restaurants, good people etc!
Thanks, Irishvan! How long is your drive from Aspinwall to Pitt?

I ask only because after living in DC, I realize that what some think "isn't a bad commute" is bad to me! We all have different tolerance levels.

Are the borders of Aspinwall roughly the river, UPMC, Rt 28 and the bridge?
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Old 08-09-2011, 10:14 AM
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Are the borders of Aspinwall roughly the river, UPMC, Rt 28 and the bridge?
Not exactly.

UPMC is a border and the Highland Park Bridge/28 area, but Aspinwall actually goes on the other side of 28 up the hill via Center Ave. That is considered "Upper Aspinwall". It is also pretty nice, but Center Ave. is pretty steep.
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