On Saturday, March 16, nearly 50 bus routes will be detoured in downtown Pittsburgh for the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade.

Although some detours will begin about 7 a.m. for parade setup, most detours will start at 9 a.m. and will last until police reopen streets around 3 p.m. Routes that serve Boulevard of the Allies will return to regular schedules by 5 p.m.

Due to the location of the parade route, many bus routes won't be able to serve stops that are more centrally located in dowtown. Instead, buses will remain on the periphery of downtown and will drop riders off at light-rail stations.

Riders who want to continue into the heart of downtown can transfer for free to light-rail cars from Station Square Station or Penn Station on the East Busway.

From about 7 a.m. until about 1:30 p.m., a light-rail shuttle will operate between the center platform of Steel Plaza to the outbound platform of Penn Station.

Please look closely: Detour start times vary depending on the route and time of day.

Start times are approximate and are effective with the closure of the parade route and reopening of streets by Pittsburgh police afterward.

Riders should allow for extra time when traveling on detoured bus routes.

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1-Freeport Road, 2-Mount Royal, 6-Spring Hill, 11-Fineview, 12-McKnight, 15-Charles        

20-Kennedy, 21-Coraopolis, 22-McCoy, 24- West Park, 26-Chartiers, 27-Fairywood        

28X-Airport Flyer        

29-Robinson, 31-Bridgeville, G2-West Busway        

36-Banksville, 38-Greentree        

39-Brookline, 40-Mount Washington, 41-Bower Hill, 44-Knoxville        

43-Bailey, 48-Arlington, 51-Carrick        

Y46-Elizabeth Flyer, Y47-Curry Flyer, Y49-Propect Flyer        

54-North Side-Oakland-South Side        

56-Lincoln Place, 57-Hazelwood, 58-Greenfield        

P1-East Busway-All Stops, P68-Braddock Hills Flyer        

61A-Swissvale, 61B-Braddock-Swissvale, 61C-McKeesport-Homestead, 71B-Highland Park        


77-Penn Hills        

81-Oak Hill, 82-Lincoln, 83-Bedford Hill        

86-Liberty, 87-Friendship, 88-Penn, 91-Butler Street        


If you have any questions or need some more information to help you feel more confident while traveling, don't hesitate to contact Customer Service at 412-442-2000 or via chat on this site.