So. Side plans how to move cars, people for St. Pat's Day
-Chamber of Commerce, Bar & Restaurant Assoc. team up for strategy-
South Side is anticipating an overflow crowd on Saturday, March 15 before and after the Pittsburgh St. Patrick's Day Parade and the South Side Chamber of Commerce (SSCC) and South Side Bar and Restaurant Association (SSBRA) are planning to make the day less stressful for residents and visitors.
They are putting a special transportation and parking plan in place for this coming weekend. The plan includes recommendations made through the City of Pittsburgh's Sociable City Plan, in development over the past two years.
"The Sociable City Plan is developing programs and activities to better serve the City's nighttime business districts, including the historic South Side East Carson Street Corridor," said Kim Collins, president of the SSCC.
The core of the plan includes a variety of ways to move people into and out of South Side and along the business corridor without having to park in the residential neighborhood on Saturday, March 15 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 a.m. the next morning.
A licensed taxi stand will be set up on East Carson in the 1700 block from 17th Street to mid-block on the even side of the street. Yellow Cab officials will be on hand to facilitate the taxi stand and licensed taxi companies will schedule all available units to use the stand all day and well into the early hours of the morning.
City police are asking anyone planning to exit a taxi on East Carson between 14th and 19th streets to use the taxi stand to leave the vehicle.
D&P Valet Services, LLC, through an arrangement with the SSCC and SSBRA, will operate a valet parking stand on East Carson near the corner of 18th Street, also on the even side of the street. Visitors will be able to drop off and pick up their car at the stand for a $10 fee.
D&P will take the cars to a nearby lot secured for only March 15. A shuttle will operate from the valet stand to the parking lot.
Pedicab pick-up will be available across the street from the valet service at the corner of 18th and East Carson on the odd side of the street.
There will be 700 free public parking spaces available from 6:30 a.m. on Saturday through noon on Sunday at the Pittsburgh Parking Authority Second Avenue Parking Lot just across the 10th Street Bridge. Pittsburgh Transportation Group will operate a free shuttle bus service from the lot to various locations throughout South Side.
The shuttle will operate continuously from the Second Avenue Lot across the 10th Street Bridge and proceed via Muriel, Wharton, 18th and East Carson streets to the SouthSide Works and back. A comprehensive transportation services map the SSCC has provided is available at http://www.sopghreporter.com.
The map explains all the transportation and parking options available for the day. It will also be displayed on business storefronts and was distributed in handout the weekend before.
The Amp's Group on South Side will also sponsor a free eight-stall public toilet trailer in front of Delanie's Coffee, 1737 East Carson, for the day.
"We welcome visitors to the South Side and request that they park in designated parking facilities rather than on residential streets in consideration of our local residents. Certainly, we want everyone to have a good time here, and we are mindful that we want to be respectful of our residents as well," Ms. Collins said.
"The chamber and the South Side Bar and Restaurant Association hope that visitors enjoy themselves and responsibly and ask them to help keep our sidewalks and streets clean of litter.
Part of the costs associated with the plan are being covered by a $7,000 Biz Buzz grant from the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh.