Commuting to Point Park
Whether you drive, carpool, take a bus, bike or walk to campus, here's some transportation information to help make it easier.
Bus and mass transit
If you're using mass transit to get to campus, take the time for a practice commute — you'll be much more relaxed on your first days if you know what to expect, and you'll have time to adjust anything that might not go the way you anticipated. If you know you're going to use public transportation but are not sure of where to start, try the EZ Ride Pittsburgh app!
Port Authority fares and schedules
The Port Authority primarily serves Allegheny County. You can find updated fare information and bus schedules on the Port Authority website, along with "Riding 101" — basics about the bus, T (light rail), inclines and Park & Ride lots.
The Port Authority website also provides information and contact information about mass transit options for outlying counties, including
- Beaver County
- Butler County and Grove City, Pa.
- Charleroi and California, Pa.
- Mid-Mon Valley Transit Authority
- Fayette County – Uniontown, Pa.
- New Castle, Pa.
- Washington County
- Westmoreland County
Biking and bike racks
Biking can be a great way to get to campus; biking is good for your health, can save you money and is kind to the environment. For your safety, and the safety of others on the road around you, please be aware of Pennsylvania's Bicycling Laws and read Pennsylvania's Bicycle Driver's Manual (PDF).
Bike racks are available in two locations on our campus
- Outside Academic Hall on the Third Avenue side
- Inside Lawrence Hall in the basement
Please note: You must provide your own lock. Point Park University does not assume any responsibility for bikes parked in the bike racks.
Parking discounts, options and resources
Discounted parking at Station Square
Because Downtown Pittsburgh is a thriving business and cultural destination — with lots of things to do and many advantages for Point Park students — parking options can be tight. For students who drive to campus, Point Park has an arrangement with Station Square parking for a discounted monthly parking lease for Point Park students. You can park at Station Square, then take a free shuttle (operated by Station Square) from the parking lot to campus.
To acquire a discounted Station Square monthly parking pass (lease), you must
- Visit the Office of Student Life, located on the first floor of Pioneer Hall
- Show your student ID and fill out a parking contract
- Have the contract signed by the director of student life
- Take your contract and your student ID to Station Square
Shuttles leave from the west lot of Station Square (near the hotel) and stop at each intersection of the Boulevard of the Allies from Stanwix Street to Smithfield Street. They run Monday–Friday, 7–10 a.m. and 3–7 p.m.
Parking is available at either the East Lot (closest to the Smithfield Street Bridge) or the West Lot. Discounted monthly leases cost around $100 per month. Or park there daily for $6 a day if you are in before 10 a.m.
Other parking options
Of course, there are other places to park in and around Downtown Pittsburgh.
You can also check out ParkPGH, a mobile / app / text / online / phone-in resource that provides real-time parking space availability for garages in Pittsburgh's Cultural District (some of these lots are about four blocks away from Point Park's campus; others may be more of a walk).