Port Authority

Students conversing on Pittsburgh Port Authority bus.

Avoid the aggravation and expense of commuting by car. Ride Port Authority Transit fare-free with your Panther Card (Pitt ID).

Port Authority provides transportation around Oakland and Pittsburgh 7 days a week, including limited service on holidays.

All University of Pittsburgh students, faculty, and staff may ride all Port Authority buses, light rails, and inclines within Allegheny County free of charge. Simply tap your valid and current Panther Card to the smart card target located on the Port Authority vehicle to ride fare-free. Family members and guests must pay the full fare.

If you are a current University of Pittsburgh student, faculty, or staff and your Panther Card does not work on the Port Authority Transit, you will be required to pay for that ride. You should come to Panther Central with the 4-digit bus number and route number to complete a Port Authority Refund Request form. Panther Central will review the claim, and, if warranted, refunds will be given in the form of Panther Funds. Refunds may take 5-7 business days. No cash refunds will be issued.

Interactive bus schedules are available online. Printed schedules are available at the Department of Parking, Transportation and Services, 127 N. Bellefield Avenue.


The Pittsburgh Port Authority has a fleet of more than 700 buses that operate 365 days a year, servicing more than 7,000 stops throughout Allegheny county. All bus routes and rides are free to all University of Pittsburgh students, faculty, and employees.

Light Rail

The Port Authority light rail cars, otherwise known as trolleys, service 27 stations, utilizing 26.2 miles of track from the South Hills to the North Side. Many light rail stops are within walking distance from a Port Authority bus stop. All light rail routes and rides are free to University of Pittsburgh students, faculty, and employees.


The Monongahela and Duquense Inclines not only offer breathtaking views of the city, but are a quick and convenient way to access Mt. Washington. All incline rides are free to University of Pittsburgh students, faculty, and employees.


Locate routes and schedules for all of Pittsburgh Port Authority's transit options.


The Port Authority's Room2Ride helps you estimate how full your bus usually is at scheduled bus stop time points. Room2Ride reflects the average number of riders on each bus route. Room2Ride uses historical data and a color-coded system to show users the likelihood of seat availability. Please note that this is not real-time data. Please visit the TrueTime site for arrival and vehicle capacity information.

Room2Ride's Color-coded System:

Dark Blue: Many seats likely available
Light Blue: Few seats likely available
Light Orange: Standing room likely available
Dark Orange: Limited standing room likely available