Mayor Luke Ravenstahl has announced a collaboration between the city and numerous local organizations to increase safety and ease transportation and parking congestion after this Saturday’s 144th St. Patrick’s Day parade and celebration.
Free shuttle service will be provided between Second Avenue downtown and the South Side from noon to 4 a.m. as part of this one-day pilot program. The mayor is urging everyone to be safe and responsible as increased public safety enforcement will ensure a safe, family-friendly event for everyone.
“We urge everyone to be safe and responsible during this year’s St. Patrick’s Day parade- one of Pittsburgh’s most anticipated and fun traditions,” Mayor Ravenstahl said. “In addition to increasing safety measures, we have teamed up with numerous local organizations to provide parking and transportation options that will help to decrease traffic congestion in the South Side following the parade.”
South Side employees and visitors are encouraged to park, for free, in the Pittsburgh Parking Authority’s Second Avenue parking lot at the 10th Street Bridge this Saturday, March 16, where shuttles will transport riders to the Carson Street corridor and South Side Works. There will be five specified taxi stands and 10 shuttle stops along the route.
More than 800 spaces will be available in the Parking Authority lot, and overnight parking is permitted. Shuttles will run at 15-minute intervals from noon through 4 a.m.
The pilot program is an initiative of Mayor Ravenstahl and the Pittsburgh Sociable City Plan’s transportation and mobility group under the city’s contract with the Responsible Hospitality Institute. Project partners include: Pittsburgh Transportation Group; Star Transportation Group; Molly’s Trolleys; Green Gears Pedicabs; South Side Bar and Restaurant Association; South Side Chamber of Commerce; and, South Side Community Council.
Increased safety measures will provide a safe, secure and family-friendly event, as police officers, firefighters and paramedics will be on-hand during the festivities. Residents and visitors are reminded that consumption of alcoholic beverages will be illegal along the parade route and will not be tolerated.
Parade-goers are also encouraged to continue the celebration at Irish Fair in the Square at Market Square after the parade.