General (and we hope useful) Information
8 February 2001
The Banquet/Dinner CruiseOn Thursday, 26 April, the conference banquet
will be held in the form of a dinner cruise aboard one of the Gateway Clipper Fleet. The dinner will
be preceeded by a cash bar. Bus transportation from the Holiday Inn to the dock
and return will be provided. If you want to bring a guest, additional dinner
cruise tickets are available for a price of $40.00. You can add your guests to
the registration form or pay at the conference (cash only at the conference and
please let us know no later than Wednesday noon).
Getting to/from the Airport and around town
There is a bus route (28X aka. Airport Flyer) that goes between the Airport
and CMU, passing near the Holiday Inn. The fare is $2.00. Taxis cost $30 - $40
on the meter ($35 prearranged, see below) and take about 30 - 40 minutes. There
are various shuttles, etc. in the $20 range.
The 28X bus leaves from the lower (baggage claim) level of the airport, near
the Taxi stand on the commercial curb. Look for the sign board at the curb. They
go about every 15 minutes from about 6AM till 6PM, 20 minutes 6PM til 10PM, and
irregularly until midnight. Typical run time is a bit under 1 hour for a fare of
$2.00 (exact change, cash, pass, or ticket only).
The closest stop to the Holiday Inn is at 5th and Bellefield (next to the
Mellon Institute building), about 5 short blocks (450M) from the Holiday Inn.
Cross both 5th and Bellefield, continue along 5th, away from the Mellon
Institute, past Ruskin to Tennyson. Cross Tennyson and turn right. Go about one
block on Tennyson and you will see the driveway of the Holiday Inn which crosses
from Tennyson to Lytton. The hotel entrance faces this driveway. The route map shows these
stops. Note that the stop at Craft and Forbes is about 200M from the Hampton Inn
while the stop Halket and Forbes is about 250M from the Best Western.
To return to the airport from the Holiday Inn, you can catch the 28X at a
stop near 5th and Tennyson. The stop on Craft, near Forbes is the closest
outbound stop to both the Hampton and Best Western. The asymmetry is due to the
fact that 5th is one way between Bellefield and downtown while Forbes is one way
from Bellefield and Craft.
A 1 zone bus pass (good in most of the city) is $13.25 for the week. The
airport is in zone 2, and would cost an additional $0.40 with a one zone pass.
We know of no place to buy passes or tickets at the airport so you will need
$2.00 in cash to ride the bus into town.
Passes are available at a number of places near the conference hotel. These
include the University of Pittsburgh Student Union Ticket Office (about 350M
away), The "Rite Aid" pharmacy at 209 Atwood (about 850M), and the "Giant Eagle"
grocery store at 4612 Centre Ave (about 1KM).
The bus system has a web site
that contains information concerning schedules, fares, etc. Unfortunately, you
need to know a bit about Pittsburgh to make sense of it since the system maps
are a bit primitive and the schedule information assumes that you know route
names (or numbers) and where various intersections are located relative to where
you want to go. While each route is supposed to have a map available on the web
site, some of the map URLs generated for the schedule pages are badly formed. If
you get a "400" error, look closely at the URL and see if it contains a blank
just before the .gif. If so, removing the blank and trying again will take care
of the error. This seems only to occur on routes without a trailing letter, e.g
52 and 500 provoke errors while 54C, 4U, 71A, etc. do not. If you have questions
about the bus system, let me know.
Your taxi is waiting!If you wish to have a taxi waiting for you at the
airport, the SEI has an arrangement with Bill Lenhart, a driver for Yellow Cab,
the major taxi company in Pittsburgh, for fixed fare runs between the Airport
and the SEI or Holiday Inn. The fare for this is $35.00. For airport pickups, we
need to know the Airline, number, and arrival time of your flight. Bill will
have a taxi at the airport to meet the flight. He tracks delayed flights, so you
don't have to worry about missing him if you are late, but it is good to let him
know if you change plans or are rescheduled. When you have your bags (or when
you get off the tram from the midfield terminal if you travel with carry on),
you call Bill (I use my cell phone), identify yourself and tell the person who
answers (usually Bill) that you are ready for your cab. He will give you the
number of the cab that will pick you up and the name of its driver. You then
exit from the lower level of the terminal to the taxi area on the commercial
curb and watch for a cab with the proper number to come down the hill on the
left. Bill and his drivers accept credit cards, another advantage of using this
system. If you want to take advantage of this service, send your flight
information to me and we will set it up.
When we make the reservation, we will send you a confirmation, including the
contact phone number (and the locations of pay phones near the taxi area). We
can also make reservations for cabs to take you to the airport at the end of the
What else is going on?
Pittsburgh has a Major League baseball team, the Pirates, a NHL Hocky team,
the Penguins, a NFL football team, the Steelers, a Symphony, etc. The following
is but a small sample of the events that will take place around the conference
week. In addition, there is an extensive club and music scene which is described
in the alternative newspapers, InPGH and The City paper.
- Previn Conducts Mahler - Heinz Hall Apr 20-22, 2001 Pittsburgh Symphony
- Paquito D'Rivera's Tribute to Antonio Carlos Jobim Apr 26-29, 2001 Manchester Craftsmen's Guild
- Bronfman Plays Prokofiev - Heinz Hall Apr 27-28, 2001 Pittsburgh Symphony
- Live on Stage Series - The Ahn Trio in Concert - Byham Theater April 22 The Pittsburgh Cultural
- Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago - PNC Park Apr 20-22, 2001 Pittsburgh
Pirates 800-BUY-BUCS (Note: the Pirates are on the road through the 28th
after this game.)
- AFRICA: One Continent. Many Worlds Apr 1 - May 1, 2001 Carnegie Museum of Natural History
- Amazing Journeys Apr 1 - Jul 13, 2001 Carnegie Science Center
- Baseball, Cars and the Good Journey Home Apr 1 - Jul 31, 2001 Frick Art & Historical Center
- Chagall for Children Apr 1 - May 13, 2001 Pittsburgh Children's Museum
- Folds, Blobs and Boxes: Architecture in the Digital Era Apr 1 - May 27,
2001 Carnegie Museum of Natural History
- Heinz 57 Apr 1-30, 2001 Senator John
Heinz Pgh. Regional History Ctr. 412/454-6000
- Out of Order Apr 1 - May 27, 2001 Pittsburgh Center for the Arts
- Spring Flower Show Apr 1-15, 2001 Phipps Conservatory and Botanical
- The Beatles - Now & Then Apr 1 - Jun 17, 2001 Senator John Heinz Pgh. Regional History
- The Poetry of Place: Works on Paper by Thomas Moran from the Gilcrease
Museum Apr 1 - May 8, 2001 Frick Art
& Historical Center 412/371-0600
- Urban Metamorphosis: One Hundred Years of New Tokyo Apr 1-29, 2001 Carnegie Museum of Natural History
- Visual Sound Apr 1 - Jul 31, 2001 The
Mattress Factory 412/231-3169
- What We Wore - Hard Hats to High Heels Apr 1-30, 2001 Senator John Heinz Pgh. Regional History
- World War I Buffalo Soldier Apr 1 - Jun 30, 2001 Soldiers and Sailors Memorial
- Behind the Mask Apr 7 - May 13, 2001 Pittsburgh Center for the Arts
- Light! The Industrial Age, 1750-1900, Art, Science, Technology &
Society Apr 7 - Jul 29, 2001 Carnegie Museum of
Natural History 412/622-3131
- Butterfly Forest Apr 24 - Oct 12, 2001 Phipps Conservatory and Botanical
- Power of Plants Apr 28 - Jun 17, 2001 Phipps Conservatory and Botanical
Other sources of information about Pittsburgh
Find out about the current weather in
The Pittsburgh visitors and
convention bureau has a bunch of useful information as does Pittsburgh.net.
The Pittsburgh Post Gazette is the
primary newspaper. Other papers include the (right wing) Tribune-Review and the alternative papers, InPGH and The City Paper.
Walk from Pittsburgh to
Washington, DC. Along the way, you will pass near two buildings by Frank Lloyd
and the lesser known Kentuck Knob.
For a list of civic, government, and non-profit organizations in Western, PA,
here is an index
of more organizations than you could imagine.