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Old 05-05-2012, 10:30 AM
 
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I seriously can't believe this hasn't been mentioned, but we always park at the casino for baseball games and walk over. Never an issue finding a good spot. Much easier to get out of and you have lots of options to miss a lot of ridiculous traffic. And we've never been charged for parking, even on weekends.
It was her first PNC game. Walking across the Clemente Bridge is part of the experience most of us thought was important.

She can park at the casino next time.
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Old 05-05-2012, 10:44 AM
 
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It was her first PNC game. Walking across the Clemente Bridge is part of the experience most of us thought was important.

She can park at the casino next time.
It's just as beautiful walkilng a long the North Shore trail. The bridge amounts to lots of people trying to sell you tickets, lots of people trying to sell unlicensed merchandise, a guy playing a saxophone and a hoard of people trying to jam in to the game. The parking garages around the stadium have small spaces and take forever to get in and out of. But if all that appeals to you, then have it. You can easily sit at the game and stare at the bridge all evening.
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Old 05-05-2012, 02:33 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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It was her first PNC game. Walking across the Clemente Bridge is part of the experience most of us thought was important.

She can park at the casino next time.

The game is tonight, actually.

I really don't want to deal with driving to the north shore, so we'll park downtown. Thank you for the idea of parking at the casino, but I've never even been to the casino nor its parking lot! I've never seen the appeal of it

It's a nice day, I'll enjoy the walk from the bridge to the park! Plus I can take tons of pics on the bridge.
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Old 05-05-2012, 02:50 PM
 
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The game is tonight, actually.

I really don't want to deal with driving to the north shore, so we'll park downtown. Thank you for the idea of parking at the casino, but I've never even been to the casino nor its parking lot! I've never seen the appeal of it
You don't even have to go in the casino. And as far as accessing the North Shore, once on Ohio River Blvd, the first exit (can't remember the number) takes you right off the Blvd and it's a straight shot to the casino.
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Old 05-05-2012, 03:28 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh-ish
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I'll be just down the road from you at Stage AE seeing Marilyn Manson.

Edit: in line now. I can almost taste the cheap cigarettes and hair dye.

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Old 05-06-2012, 01:16 AM
 
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PNC park is so nice, I love going to Pirates games. It was a really nice surprise when we first moved here. It is really fun to take family and friends from out of state..mostly Brewer & Cub fans to games. Everyone is amazed at how nice the stadium is and how cheap it is!

I always tip the sax player on the bridge.
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Old 05-06-2012, 07:20 AM
 
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PNC park is so nice, I love going to Pirates games. It was a really nice surprise when we first moved here. It is really fun to take family and friends from out of state..mostly Brewer & Cub fans to games. Everyone is amazed at how nice the stadium is and how cheap it is!

I always tip the sax player on the bridge.
So do I, just wish he would use the money for lessons.
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Old 05-06-2012, 07:24 AM
 
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So do I, just wish he would use the money for lessons.
How can you hate on a stripped down version of the Flintstones theme song?
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Old 05-06-2012, 10:53 AM
 
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It's nice to see people enjoying Downtown later in the evening. Not even 10 years ago, Downtown was not like that.
That's why Pittsburgh could use a network of rail extending out to the burbs to make it easy for people to come in and spend a night on the town.
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Old 05-06-2012, 11:10 AM
 
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That's why Pittsburgh could use a network of rail extending out to the burbs to make it easy for people to come in and spend a night on the town.
Something like 140,000 people commute into Downtown during the day. We are a long, long way from not having enough transportation infrastructure capacity for people who just want to visit Downtown at night.

So if you just wanted to improve evening accessibility to Downtown, I wouldn't start by blowing a ton of money on new rail lines to the suburbs. I'd start by funding better evening operations on the existing PAT system. After that, I would focus on better rapid transit options (better meaning faster, more convenient, and cheaper for PAT to operate) from close-in neighborhoods. Expensive new services to farther-flung 'burbs would be way down the list, and in fact unless evening parking Downtown got a lot more expensive, it would likely remain an uncompetitive option.

That doesn't mean you can't make a case for new rail lines. But the case would have to be based on needing more peak-time commuter capacity on congested corridors, and maybe also on how it could revitalize some existing suburban communities. And, in fact, you would have a problem adding evening round-trips to the likely best approach for such projects, which would be using existing lines and doing time-segregation (separating out freight to off-peak times).
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