How Do We Get to Reedsdale Spot During Road Closures?

MikesUber

Well-Known Member
So funny question, how do we actually get to the Reedsdale pick up/drop off point (Reedsdale and Art Rooney Ave) with all of the road closures after a game?

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Typical Road Closures:
- Allegheny Ave from Reedsdale to Ridge Ave (Southbound)
- Art Rooney Ave from North Shore Drive to Reedsdale
- Chuck Noll Way
- Tony Dorsett Drive
 

Zen65

Member
This had to be the most frustrating part of Saturday driving I kept getting cancellations because I couldn't get anywhere near the stadium. Uber needs to direct people to walk away from the stadium for a faster pickup.
 

MikesUber

Well-Known Member
This had to be the most frustrating part of Saturday driving I kept getting cancellations because I couldn't get anywhere near the stadium. Uber needs to direct people to walk away from the stadium for a faster pickup.
The ONLY way I've found to get to the actual stadium is to cross Ft. Duquesne Bridge and drop down the North Shore exit onto North Shore Drive. Do NOT take the North Shore exit from 279 as you'll get pushed right on Reedsdale (Westbound) and never be able to make a left towards PNC Park or Heinz Field due to road closures/restrictions listed above.
 

Howie428Uber

Active Member
On Saturday at the end of the Pitt/Penn State game there was a police car on the Fort Duquesne bridge preventing anyone from going down that ramp. I never made it to the pick up/drop off area, but got lucky in picking up people from other places.
 

MikesUber

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On Saturday at the end of the Pitt/Penn State game there was a police car on the Fort Duquesne bridge preventing anyone from going down that ramp. I never made it to the pick up/drop off area, but got lucky in picking up people from other places.
Gheeze, Uber advertises the pick up area yet we can't even get to it? I drove for most of that game but must have stopped before that ending as I didn't run into that road closure. We would have to come in from downtown, cross one of the bridges, then maybe sit up by the Taco Bell on Allegheny or Spring Hill Suites parking lot on W General Robinson for the east side pick ups? Casino entrance area if we can even get down there as well.
 

Howie428Uber

Active Member
It got worse... After not being allowed down the ramp at Reedsdale Street, I also wasn't allowed to go that way at the West End Bridge exit. Turning left off Allegheny Avenue going southbound is another thing I think I seen them prohibit, which makes sense with the flood of cars and people coming against you there when an event ends. Which leaves... I don't know. As you described I suppose we'd have to loop around having entered from the neighborhoods, that'll only take 30 minutes or so once the crowd starts reaching the lots!
 

MikesUber

Well-Known Member
It got worse... After not being allowed down the ramp at Reedsdale Street, I also wasn't allowed to go that way at the West End Bridge exit. Turning left off Allegheny Avenue going southbound is another thing I think I seen them prohibit, which makes sense with the flood of cars and people coming against you there when an event ends. Which leaves... I don't know. As you described I suppose we'd have to loop around having entered from the neighborhoods, that'll only take 30 minutes or so once the crowd starts reaching the lots!
Maybe 65 to Chateau St. exit then hang around North Side area like you mentioned? There's a few areas near that Taco Bell where you can safely park. Honestly with the throngs of people walking up Allegheny (which is closed to Southbound traffic) you'll get a ping immediately. Have them meet you there or cancel.
 

UBurgh

Member
It was a mess yesterday. Could not get to the pickup spot. I was able to get 3 3,8X surge rider, however I told him to wait at the McDonalds parking lot.
 

MikesUber

Well-Known Member
It was a mess yesterday. Could not get to the pickup spot. I was able to get 3 3,8X surge rider, however I told him to wait at the McDonalds parking lot.
That is absolutely perfect, good job. Yes I would have them meet you anywhere up there in the North Side, there is no way to get to Reedsdale other than the route I posted above if the Ft. Duquesne Bridge is even open to the North Shore exit. Best bet to hang in the North Side.

Protip: It'll be a mess for any game (Pirates, Steelers). Be prepared for multiple plans of actions for road closures. Have multiple areas to safely park at. As you saw you don't have to be at the actual stadium, people leave all throughout the 4th quarter so you will find passengers all over. Have them meet you for the fastest and easiest pick up opportunity.
 

UBurgh

Member
Thank you, after a couple of rider cancels, I decided to use that strategy

I assume the Penguins games wont be as bad due to the Consol center being a much smaller venue
Last week I had a couple of rides to the world hockey tournament and it was painless
 

MikesUber

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Thank you, after a couple of rider cancels, I decided to use that strategy

I assume the Penguins games wont be as bad due to the Consol center being a much smaller venue
Last week I had a couple of rides to the world hockey tournament and it was painless
Consol can be fine, I drove for the Stanley Cup win and parked near a hotel in the area. Just ensure you're parking legally, do not stop on Forbes and impede traffic. That can get you a ticket if you're unlucky. Yes for those big events let them come to you, you don't necessarily have to go directly to them.
 

I_Like_Spam

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3 Rivers was a lot more easier for commercial drivers, this is a real problem with the football stadium as well as the baseball stadium I would guess.

At 3 Rivers, they built a circular road close around the stadium, made it easy for drivers to get in and out, the access road connected directly to West General Robinson St.
 
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