Thursday 29 April 2010

Sunday May 2 in Oakland: the Perfect Storm?

It has come to our attention - somewhat belatedly - that it might be a good idea to sleep late and stay out of Oakland this Sunday morning. The Pittsburgh Marathon is in the morning, and will shut down many streets as it progresses through city neighborhoods, including up Forbes Ave. in Oakland(see the map). Because of all the road closures Port Authority bus routes will be disrupted or rerouted (see the Port Authority announcement); according to their site,"Though some city streets will be opened as the race passes to allow for access to church traffic and businesses, to remain consistent with routings, all bus routes will remain on detour until the last runner turns the corner at Penn and 11th Street at the end of the race (anticipated to be around 1:30 PM). All bus routes will be returned to their regular route at the same time throughout the city."
In addition, the Pitt graduation is scheduled for 2:00 pm on Sunday. University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg will welcome graduating members of the Class of 2010, faculty, trustees, alumni, staff, and invited guests, families, and friends attending the 2010 Commencement in the Petersen Events Center. The Marathon website has directions (pdf) for getting to Oakland for the graduation if you are driving.
Finally, there's a hockey playoff game: the Penguins will be playing the Canadiens at the Mellon Arena, Uptown, at 2:00 pm.

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