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25th Annual Meeting – Travel

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Friday – Sunday, October 9 – 11, 2015

Special Interest Groups Day: Thursday, October 8, 2015

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Ground Transportation

Entry Visas

Insurance and Liability


There are many ways to get around Pittsburgh... car, bus, taxi, bike, pedicab, boat or your own two feet! We have the tips and information you need to get around town.

Pittsburgh is featured on Google Transit. This partnership with the Port Authority of Allegheny County allows visitors to search for public transportation routes using interactive Google Maps technology.

Public Transportation

Tips for Taking Public Transit
Port Authority of Allegheny County ( is the public transit agency for the greater Pittsburgh area, providing bus, light rail, incline and paratransit service to about 230,000 riders daily.

For bus service, pay as you enter when you're going toward Downtown and pay when you exit when traveling away from Downtown. This policy is in effect at all times on the light rail system, known as the "T" and until 7 pm daily on buses. After 7 pm, bus riders must pay upon boarding.

You can transfer bus or "T" routes in Pittsburgh. A transfer costs $1 and is good for three hours for a one-zone ride within city limits. Request a transfer from the operator before paying your fare. Exact change is required when paying your fare as bus drivers do not carry change.

Bus service between 4 am and 7 pm is FREE within the Downtown area known as the Golden Triangle. The Free Fare Zone includes stops within the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers to Ross Street, Penn Station and Liberty Avenue at the railroad overpass and 11th Street. Travel within Downtown and the North Shore is also free 24/7 on the "T," Pittsburgh's light rail system.

Around Town

Downtown Pittsburgh is a compact 50-acre area bordered by Grant Street to the east, Penn Avenue to the north and the Boulevard of the Allies to the south. You're never more than a few blocks to your destination, and downtown is easy to walk. Outside of downtown, public transportation links the outlying city neighborhoods and suburbs.

Tips for Taking a Cab in Pittsburgh
All major hotels in the Downtown area have taxis waiting outside their front doors. In other areas of the city, look for "taxi stands." You can also call for a cab by dialing 412-321-8100 for Yellow Cab taxi services, or 412-322-5080 for Classy Cab taxi services.

You can also hail black-and-white taxis, dubbed "Pittsburgh City Cab," for trips to select city neighborhoods. The fair is $2.25 initially and $1.75 per mile. These short-run cabs will take patrons from Downtown to Mt. Washington, North Side, Oakland, South Side, the Strip District, Uptown and the West End. In addition to hailing the cabs, you may summon one by calling 412-323-2489.


Flying? You're going to love Pittsburgh International Airport. PIT, in airport parlance, continues to rank among the world's elite airports according to Condé Nast Traveler, J.D. Power & Associates, OAG Worldwide and others. The airport offers more than 155 non-stop flights a day to 37 destinations, domestic and abroad.



Amtrak services Pittsburgh via the Pennsylvanian and Capitol Limited lines. The Pennsylvanian runs between Pittsburgh and New York City via Philadelphia. The Capitol Limited connects Pittsburgh to Washington, DC to the East and Cleveland and Chicago to the West.

For train transit within Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Light Rail (commonly known as “The T”) is a 26.2-mile (42.2 km) light rail system in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; it functions as a subway in Downtown Pittsburgh and largely as an at-grade light rail service in the suburbs south of the city. The Pittsburgh light rail lines are vestigial from the city’s streetcar days, and are one of only three light rail systems in the United States that continues to use Pennsylvania Trolley (broad) gauge rail on its lines instead of standard gauge.

Ground Transportation from Airport to Hotel

By Taxi
One-way fare between Pittsburgh International Airport and Downtown is about $40. Upon arrival at the airport, proceed to the landside terminal, lower level, exit through the "commercial" doors and head toward the taxi stand area on the curb where cabs are waiting.

Checker Cab       412-664-5600

People's Cab      412-441-3200

Yellow Cab         412-321-8100

By Shuttle
One-way fare between the airport and Downtown is about $27. Reservations can be made online at or by calling (US only) 1-800-258-3826. After claiming luggage, proceed to the SuperShuttle customer service counter located on the baggage claim level by the rental car area near Door 4.

By Bus
Port Authority Transit 28X Airport Flyer
One-way between the airport and Downtown is $3.25. (Note: Exact change is required.) Passengers are responsible for handling their bags when getting on and off the vehicle. Tipping the bus driver is not permitted. A prepaid, reloadable fare card (ConnectCard) may be purchased from the vending machine in the Landside Terminal.
The stop closest to the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center is 7th Avenue at William Penn Pl. Please consult Google Transit for walking directions from the bus stop to the hotel.

By Car
Driving Directions
Directions to the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center may be found on the hotel website:

Parking is available for a fee at the hotel ($6/hour, $22/day, $26/day valet).  Additional parking is available on-street or in lots nearby. ParkPGH is a smartphone app that provides real-time parking availability for garages Downtown; it is available as an iPhone app or by texting “PARKING” to 412-423-8980. On-street parking is available through Pay-by-License Plate meters, so look for the nearest kiosk after parking.

Entry Visas
All foreign visitors entering the United States must be in possession of a valid passport. 

For information regarding US Visa requirements please go to:

It is strongly recommended that delegates take out comprehensive medical, travel and personal insurance prior to the commencement of travel, in the unlikely event that unforeseen circumstances affect the meeting or your travel plans.

Any and all parts of the IADMS 25th Annual Meeting, Special Interest Groups Day, and related events as described herein are subject to change. The International Association for Dance Medicine & Science is not liable for damages of any nature sustained by delegates or accompanying persons, or loss of, or damage to, their personal property as a result of the conference or related events.


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