Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

St. Pat's Revelers Get Free Parking, Shuttles Measures to Reduce Drunk Driving

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

St. Pat's Revelers Get Free Parking, Shuttles Measures to Reduce Drunk Driving

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City Council President Bruce Kraus is asking green-clad, Irish- for-the-day revelers to leave their cars at home or consider alternative transportation Saturday when they bring the party to the South Side after the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Downtown Pittsburgh.

"I, personally, take the crime of DUI very seriously. We do not want to hamper anyone's ability to come out and enjoy the day - we want you to come out and enjoy the day," Mr. Kraus said. "But we also want to provide a responsible way for you to transport in that process and to make sure that everyone gets home safely after a day like that."

Three, 25-passenger "circulator" buses will travel from the Pittsburgh Parking Authority's 810-space Second Avenue parking plaza to five stops along East Carson Street. Parking and the shuttle will be free to patrons, Mr. Kraus said.

Two buses will run from 7 a.m. Saturday to 4 a.m. Sunday to accommodate workers on the South Side, and a third bus will be in service during the peak hours of 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. Cars can remain in the parking lot until noon Sunday.

"Should you come out to celebrate St. Patrick's Day and find that you've had one or two or five or 10 too many, you will not have to take your vehicle home. You can leave it there unpenalized," Mr. Kraus said.

The shuttles will leave from four stops in that parking lot and go over the 10th Street Bridge before turning left onto East Carson Street, where they will stop at South 12th, South 15th, South 17th, South 19th and South 22nd streets every five to seven minutes, said Chad Stepanik, general manager of shuttle operations at the Pittsburgh Transportation Group.

After the South 22nd Street stop, the buses will travel back to the bridge and lot via Wharton and Muriel streets but will not make any stops in residential areas.

The shuttle will cost the city $2,500, Mr. Kraus said. Parking meters will be enforced until 6 p.m. Saturday, and residential parking restrictions are in effect from noon until midnight.

Vehicles will not be able to park on the south side of East Carson Street between South 12th and South 18th streets, Mr. …

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