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Old 11-04-2008, 06:32 AM
 
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Talking Pittsburgh Rush Hour Traffic Trends

I live on the east side of Pittsburgh but I have this new job opportunity on the west side of Pittsburgh. It's a good job opportunity but I am stuck in my current residence for a year because we just moved there and signed a lease and also we don't want to move right now.

So, the way I went to the interview was to go through the city. It took 50 minutes without any holdup at the tunnels. I pretty much went straight through because it was around 1:00 and there wasn't any traffic. I'm worried as to how long my trip will be during rush hour.

Are there any web sites or anything that has typical traffic patterns and delays into and out of the city during rush hour? How much time should I tack onto my commute to allow for the usual tie up at the tunnels.

Drive to work.
Get onto 376W at Wilkinsburg and hit Squirrel Hill tunnels @ 6:30 or 7:00

Drive home:
Drive into the Fort Pitt tunnels @ 5:00

I could possibly get to the Squirrel Hill tunnels as early as 6:00 if I go in early with flex time if that would help at all. That would get me to the Fort Pitt tunnels early as well..around 4:00.

I tried to avoid the city and go a back way home from the interview during rush hour to try it out and it took an hour and a half to get home. Not good.
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Old 11-04-2008, 07:14 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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Three of the local TV stations have traffic information and maps on their websites. Some have traffic cams as well. They are KDKA, WTAE and WPXI. The PennDOT website also has a lot of traffic cams. Unfortunately, you're hitting the bridges and tunnels at peak times both ways. It used to be (20 years ago) that the backups were inbound toward the city only, but with all the suburban office clumps now there are backups in both directions during rush hours.
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Old 11-04-2008, 07:33 AM
 
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Three of the local TV stations have traffic information and maps on their websites. Some have traffic cams as well. They are KDKA, WTAE and WPXI. The PennDOT website also has a lot of traffic cams. Unfortunately, you're hitting the bridges and tunnels at peak times both ways. It used to be (20 years ago) that the backups were inbound toward the city only, but with all the suburban office clumps now there are backups in both directions during rush hours.

That's right. I don't know why I didn't think of the news websites. I didn't think of the webcams too. I'll have to keep an eye on them for the next couple weeks to see how early it starts to back up. I would like to try and get through the tunnels before the backup starts but I'm not sure if that will be possible. Thanks for the help.
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Old 11-04-2008, 08:33 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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Traffic.com can be helpful, too: Pittsburgh Traffic Report | Traffic Information | Road Conditions PA:: Traffic.com
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Old 11-04-2008, 08:44 AM
 
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Good traffic cam site ... just click a camera: PennDOT District 11
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Old 11-04-2008, 08:57 AM
 
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I would also check out using PAT, its possbile you could park in Wilkinsburg or the Suburbs and take something using the Busway downtown and connect to the West Busway out to where your going.

Just a suggestion - I know people in Da'burg loves their cars though
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Old 11-04-2008, 09:02 AM
 
Location: Sebeka, MN
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What about the Belt System? I believe it's all still intact. These are snaking routes around the city connected by a signed route in Colors. Blue Belt, Green Belt... I'd look in to it for any alternative routes that may be available to you for part of your trip.
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Old 11-04-2008, 01:24 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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I did the commute from only a few blocks from Wilkinsburg (Point Breeze to be specific) to Carnegie for just over a year. You might consider going around the SQHill tunnel by taking Penn Avenue through Wilkinsburg, cut south on Braddock, then west on Forbes, south on Shady, west on Forward, then back on the parkway. It sounds convoluted (and it is) but when the tunnel backup is bad, it actually is a touch quicker. Or at least it was -- I don't know what rush hour traffic through SQHill/Frick Park area is like these days. I actually found the outbound Fort Pitt tunnel backup in the morning to not be too bad at all, at least when there was no construction. The backup typically started just past the Smithfield Street bridge and only added maybe 5 to 7 minutes to my commute.

Unfortunately, the inbound Fort Pitt tunnel backup invariably sucked hard and there was just no way to get around it. Sometimes I'd just take Noblestown all the way down through the West End, or get off at Greentree Road and do the same thing, then cross over to the North side on the West End bridge, then back over to Parkway East on the Fort Duquesne bridge. Mind you, I didn't do this to save time -- the most I ever figured it saved me was 5 minutes tops -- I did it because it was less stressful to at least be driving and moving instead of inching along at 4 miles an hour.

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Old 11-04-2008, 08:13 PM
 
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I live in the east (Lawrenceville) and work in the west. I drive during rush hour and it usually takes me only 20 minutes. My secret is that I use Penn Ave. through the Strip and then take the 10th St. Bypass (runs along the river by the Convention Center) and go through the Fort Pitt Tunnel to the Parkway West. If you live in Wilkinsburg, would it be possible for you to also take this Penn Ave. route, thereby avoiding the major highways?
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