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Wabash Tunnel in Pittsburgh no longer has rush hour HOV restrictions

| Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, 4:33 p.m.
Guy Wathen | Trib Total Media
A long-exposure shows rush hour traffic on the parkway near Oakland as the workday comes to a close on Monday, Feb. 16, 2015.

Drivers can continue to use the Wabash Tunnel during rush hour, no matter how many passengers they are carrying, according to a Port Authority of Allegheny County news release.

The Federal Transit Administration in 2013 started allowing the authority to lift the tunnel's high-occupancy vehicle restrictions to ease traffic congestion during construction, the release said.

The FTA is now allowing the authority to lift the HOV +2 restriction permanently.

The Wabash Tunnel, which opened as a commuter tunnel in 2004, is used as a shortcut from Route 51 to the South Side and Downtown.

Its hours of operation and direction are:

• Open to inbound traffic 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

• Open to outbound traffic 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday.

• Open to outbound traffic from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Theresa Clift is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 412-380-5669 or tclift@tribweb.com.

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