Pittsburgh has a long-standing history with championship caliber sports teams. Whether it's on ice, the gridiron, or the baseball diamond, we Pittsburghers take our sports seriously.
Just as fun and exciting as the big game can be, we also need to remember to keep ourselves (and others) safe. For many, alcohol and sports are enjoyed together, and it's no secret that occasionally some sports fans can overindulge.
That's why you need a plan for your next Pittsburgh sporting event. Know exactly how to get home safely with this helpful guide.
In the past, Pittsburgh struggled with having reliable taxi services, especially on game days. With the addition of Uber, Lyft, and Yellow Cab's new app zTrip, utilizing cabs and rideshare programs in Pittsburgh is easy.
Rideshare programs offer a quick, easy alternative to booking a taxi. Just pull out your phone, locate the nearest driver, and request a pick up. This will keep you from getting behind the wheel if you've had a couple of drinks.
It's always smart to plan ahead. You can always contact these services ahead of time to inquire about booking a ride for the end of the game.
While Pittsburgh's rail system isn't nearly as large as New York City, it provides safe, effective, and clean travel to a number of stops throughout the city. Notably, there is a T stop near the North Shore stadiums, as well as downtown by Consol Energy Center.
Make sure you plan your trip ahead of time, as the T only accepts cash or prepaid rider cards. The T services many different stops, but its reach is still limited. Consider riding out to a T station, where a friend is able to pick you up. That way you avoid asking your friend to drive through game day traffic.
The T runs regularly throughout the week and into the weekend. You can check the hours of operation and estimated T schedule at Pittsburgh Port Authority's website.
Using Pittsburgh's city buses is easy and can be an inexpensive option for your game day travel. Buses are a great choice, especially since they service areas inside and outside of the city center.
If you're looking for the easiest way home, consider using the Port Authority's Trip Planner function on their website. It will allow you to coordinate bus and T schedules, so finding your way around the city is easy.
Sometimes the best methods are the easiest. If you know you'll be drinking at your next sports game, ask a friend or family member to pick you up. Typically offering to pay for gas, pizza, muffins, donuts, or any other incentive could encourage them to say yes.
You can always couple this with one of the other options. Ride a bus to an area close to a friend and have them take you home. Take an Uber to your family member's door (if it's closer) and go from there. We're sure you can work something out with your friends or relatives. After all, they'd probably rather drive you home safely than have you driving under the influence.
Regardless of how you get home, make sure you never get behind the wheel intoxicated. You're not only risking your life, but the lives of those around you. Be responsible and take the necessary steps to stay safe.
If you're ever injured by the negligence of a drunk driver, our law firm can help. We're standing by 24/7 and our legal consultations are free and easy. Contact us any time.