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Chamber St. Pat's Parade Day plan successful


The South Side Chamber Commerce partnered again with the South Side Bar and Restaurant Association (SSBARA) to coordinate a special transportation and parking services plan for the thousands who celebrated on South Side after the March 14 St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

The plan was implemented in coordination with City of Pittsburgh officials and as part of the Pittsburgh Sociable City Plan.

City, county and state public officers used the Delanie’s Coffee mezzanine for their event headquarters. Public safety officers monitored the entire South Side business district and enforced the city’s ordinances and codes. They walked East Carson Street sidewalks and patrolled the business district continuously.

The chamber-SSBARA event staff headquarters was also at Delanie’s Coffee. To help reduce congestion, D&P Valet Services valet parked 330 cars at three locations along East Carson Street. Green Gears Pedicab reported 20 pedicabs transported about 1,300 passengers during the celebration.

The entire slopes side of East Carson between 17th and 18th streets was reserved for taxis to queue up and drop off passengers. Chamber staff and volunteers worked in the taxi tent, where they welcomed and flagged down taxi drivers who were willing to pick up and drop off passengers on South Side from noon until after the bars and restaurants closed.

SSBARA arranged for 30 portable toilets on and around East Carson between 12th and 25th streets. Waste Management donated 45 large cardboard trash boxes that were placed on East Carson between 12th and 21st streets.

In addition to the valet service, paid public parking was available at the SouthSide Works and Station Square garages. Port Authority buses remained on schedule and on East Carson to the end of each scheduled route.

The Birmingham Bridge major traffic configuration change was postponed by PennDOT to Monday, March 16 instead of Friday, March 13 as previously scheduled. Many visitors parked their cars in designated valet parking and parking garages rather than on small neighborhood streets in consideration of South Side residents.

Chamber staff coordinated 20 volunteers, who completed 190 hours of sidewalk and curbside litter clean-ups from Friday afternoon to Sunday noon.

The continuous mass of celebrants enjoyed themselves, but left a huge amount of trash on the sidewalks and curbsides. City Department of Public Works teams were out at 3 a.m. cleaning up most of the mess. Chamber volunteers followed up with a 7 a.m. to noon sidewalk and curbside clean-up.

South Side was fresh and clean for the Sunday morning breakfast, brunch and lunch crowd.


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