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Pirates home opener to restrict traffic

| Saturday, March 30, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Keith Hodan | Tribune-Review
The Roberto Clemente Bridge will be closed on Monday for the home opener of the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park.
Keith Hodan | Tribune-Review
The Roberto Clemente Bridge will be closed on Monday for the home opener of the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park.

The Pirates' home opener on Monday — the 13th at PNC Park — will result in some restrictions for regular weekday commuters, but fans planning to attend the game have several options for getting to the ballpark.

Gates at PNC Park will open at 11:30 a.m. with pregame ceremonies scheduled to begin about 12:40 p.m., according to Pirates officials. The first pitch in the game against the Chicago Cubs is scheduled for 1:35 p.m.

Fans looking to avoid the traffic gridlock surrounding the ball yard can park for $5 in any of nine Downtown parking garages and take a free “T” ride or walk to PNC Park. The Roberto Clemente Bridge will close to vehicle traffic beginning at 10 a.m.

Garages charging $5 on game days are Ft. Duquesne and Sixth Street, Ninth and Penn, Third Avenue, Oliver, Mellon Square Wood/Allies, Smithfield/Liberty, First Side and B&B. A map showing the location of the garages is available at the Pittsburgh Parking Authority website, www.pittsburghparking.com.

Parking lots and garages on the North Shore will be closed to commuter traffic, and event rates will apply when they open at 9:30 a.m.

For fans looking for an alternative to walking or taking public transportation to the ballpark, two companies are offering water taxi services. The Gateway Clipper Fleet will run a shuttle service from its dock at Station Square in the South Side starting at 10:30 a.m. Return trips will run for half an hour after the game. The cost is $5 a person one way and $10 for a round-trip ticket. Children 6 and younger ride for free. For more details, call 412-355-7980.

Pittsburgh Water Limo will begin ferrying fans to the stadium about 1 12 hours before the game from its dock near the Cork Factory at 23rd Street in the Strip District. Riders who make reservations also can be picked up at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Trips to PNC run about every half-hour, and the shuttle will operate for half an hour after the game.

The cost is $7 for a round-trip ticket and $4 for children 10 or younger. One-way tickets cost $4. For details or to make reservations, call 412-221-5466.

Tony LaRussa is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7987 or tlarussa@tribweb.com.

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