PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES
STREET CLOSURES, TRANSPORTATION LOGISTICS & FREE RIDES
FOR FIRST NIGHT PITTSBURGH 2017
Saturday, December 31, 2016 – Sunday, January 1, 2017 | CULTURAL DISTRICT
Pittsburgh, PA— The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is working diligently to ensure that both residents and visitors can experience a safe and enjoyable environment for Highmark First Night Pittsburgh 2017 that takes place on Saturday, December 31st in downtown Pittsburgh’s Cultural District. Highmark First Night Pittsburgh is a production of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.
One way that residents and visitors can travel downtown with ease to the largest single-day celebration in the region is by utilizing the Port Authority bus system. The Port Authority will offer free rides to kids age 12 and under when they are accompanied by a paying adult wearing a First Night button for the Cultural Trust’s Highmark First Night celebration.
“It’s a pleasure in helping to make Highmark First Night Pittsburgh a thoroughly delightful family event,” said Port Authority CEO Ellen McLean. “Using our light rail or buses to travel to First Night Pittsburgh is a great option and it’s our hope that offering free rides for children makes it even easier.”
“Highmark First Night Pittsburgh is an enjoyable event in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere, and we’re very proud to once again offer these rides so families can have a great experience together,” said Port Authority CEO Ellen McLean. “We hope these free rides help make the night even better.”
McLean reminded passengers to check schedules ahead of time, as not all routes will offer service after midnight. For schedule information or to find out what stops may be affected by road closures, please call the Port Authority Customer Service Center at 412-442-2000 or the TTY number 412-231-7007, for the speech and hearing impaired, or visit PortAuthority.org. The Customer Service Center will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.
For those making their way downtown by car or other forms of transportation please be aware of the following traffic and parking provisions:
All closures begin at Noon on Saturday, December 31, 2016, and will reopen at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, January 1, 2017, unless otherwise noted.
- Penn Avenue at Stanwix Street up until, but not including, Tenth Street.
- Sixth Street will remain OPEN, EXCEPT from 8:00pm-8:45pm for the FedEx Ground Parade.
- 10th Street will be closed from Fort Duquesne Boulevard to Penn Avenue for the duration of the FedEx Ground Parade starting at 7:30pm.
- Stanwix Street from Penn Avenue to Liberty Avenue will close at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 31, 2016 through 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, January 1, 2017.
- Stanwix Street from Penn Avenue to Fort Duquesne Boulevard will be closed and inaccessible from Noon on Saturday, December 31, 2016 through 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, January 1, 2017.
- 11 Stanwix Street Garage, operated by Alco Parking Corporation, can be accessed from the garage’s Fort Duquesne Boulevard entrance.
- EQT Plaza garage will be closed and inaccessible from Noon on Saturday, December 31, 2016 through 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, January 1, 2017.
- Sixth & Penn Garage located at 542 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 will be closed and inaccessible from Noon on Saturday, December 31, 2016 through 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, January 1, 2017.
- Fifth Avenue Extension from Fifth Avenue Place to Fort Duquesne Boulevard. (Fifth Avenue Place Parking garage is still accessible from Liberty Avenue.)
- Seventh Street from Liberty Avenue to the entrance of Theatre Square Parking Garage. (Parking garage access only accessible from Fort Duquesne Boulevard).
- Maddock Place from Penn Avenue to Fort Duquesne Boulevard.
- Eighth Street from Liberty Avenue (Tito Way) to the entrance to the 8th and Penn Avenue parking lots (parking lot access only accessible from Fort Duquesne Boulevard).
- Ninth Street from Liberty Avenue to the Ninth and Penn Garage (parking garage access only accessible from Fort Duquesne Boulevard).
- Garrison Place from Exchange Way to French Way (parking lot access only accessible from Fort Duquesne Boulevard).
- Exchange Way from Garrison Place to 8th Street (parking access only accessible from 10th Street).
- All alleys leading into the footprint from Penn Avenue, Liberty Avenue, 6-10th Streets, including, Cecil CLO Academy Way, Barkers Place, Scott Place and French Way.
- Andy Warhol (7th Street) Bridge is currently closed due to a long-term rehabilitation project through the Allegheny County Department of Public Works.
Please note the following:
Access to all Pittsburgh Parking Authority Garages and all parking garages noted above will be open and will not be impeded by the road closures, with exception of the Sixth & Penn Garage which will be closed at Noon for the safety of all Highmark First Night Pittsburgh and Cultural District patrons.
Uber/Pittsburgh transportation drop off and pick up points will be available at the following locations in downtown Pittsburgh’s Cultural District on Saturday, December 31, 2016 beginning at 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, January 1, 2017. www.uber.com/cities/pittsburgh
- Corner of Liberty Avenue at Stanwix Street
- Corner of Liberty Avenue at 6th Street
- Corner of Liberty Avenue at Tito Way
- Corner of Liberty Avenue at 10th Street
- Corner of Ft. Duquesne Boulevard at 6th Street
- Corner of Ft Duquesne Boulevard at 9th Street
For questions about road closures, email Cory Cope, Flyspace Productions-Director of Operations, at email@example.com.
Visit www.TrustArts.org/FirstNightPGH for more information and a schedule of the event or call 412-456-6666.
Highmark First Night Pittsburgh
Highmark First Night Pittsburgh, a production of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, is Pittsburgh’s arts-focused New Year’s Eve celebration. Culminating with the city’s Countdown to Midnight and raising of the Future of Pittsburgh Ball, the six-hour celebration sprawls downtown’s renowned 14-block Cultural District—inside theaters, galleries, and unique spaces and along city streets on outdoor performance stages. Acclaimed national artists and Pittsburgh’s vibrant artist community ring in the New Year for revelers with live music, dance, theater, visual arts, comedy, magic, kids’ activities and a signature parade along with Zambelli Fireworks. For the sixth consecutive year, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield will serve as the presenting sponsor for the event, produced by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. The Nigel Hall Band will perform as the event’s headlining act, ringing in the New Year on the Highmark Stage during the rousing Grand Finale Fireworks.
Admission Buttons are $10 in advance or at the door (children 5 and under FREE) and are worn by attendees on New Year’s Eve, giving access to all indoor and outdoor attractions at Highmark First Night Pittsburgh. Admission are available for sale at TrustArts.org/FirstNightPGH, the Box Office at Theater Square (655 Penn Avenue), or at 412-456-6666. Additionally, participating Giant Eagle store locations will have buttons available for sale. Some indoor performances also require seating vouchers, which are free tickets. Events requiring vouchers (based on availability) are listed at TrustArts.org/FirstNightPGH.
Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh’s most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country’s largest land masses “curated” by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh’s quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts.