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Jamie Martines

Road closures in Downtown Pittsburgh for Pittsburgh Marathon festivities will begin at noon Friday.

Cars left along the route will be towed, according to Pittsburgh Public Safety.

Race organizers recommend going to the marathon’s website at www.thepittsburghmarathon.com to check a map of Downtown and a map of Pittsburgh for suggested driving routes in and around the city on race day.

If you’re planning to join in the festivities and want to get around the city by bike, another map on the website provides information for that.

Postal mailboxes along the route will be removed or locked as an extra security measure starting Friday, according to the Postal Service. Boxes will be returned to service by the close of business May 6.

Be prepared to detour around Boulevard of the Allies between Wood Street and Stanwix Street throughout the weekend, starting at noon Friday. That closure will be in effect until the close of races Sunday. Bus routes also will be detoured around this closure starting Friday.

Road closures will continue Saturday on the North Shore and Downtown.

Road closures in preparation for the 26.2-mile race on Sunday will begin around 1:30 a.m. Roads will be reopened on a rolling basis.

Those traveling throughout the city this weekend are encouraged to consider public transit.

Light rail service will not be affected Friday and Saturday.

The Mon Incline will operate every 17 minutes during peak hours and every 35 minutes during off-peak hours Friday. It will operate every 35 minutes from 5:30 a.m. Saturday to 12:45 a.m. Sunday.

Bus detours Saturday will begin around 7:15 a.m. and continue through 1 p.m. on the North Side and Downtown. All Downtown buses will pick up and drop off on Smithfield Street between Sixth and Fifth Avenues.

Here’s what you need to know to get around the city Sunday:

  • Bus detours: Signs will not be posted at bus stops, so check your route before you go. Service will start around 4 a.m. on the East Busway and 5 a.m. on the West Busway. Buses will drop off passengers at Penn Station Stop B and pick up passengers at Penn Station Stop C. The P1/P2 will pick up and drop off at Penn Station Stop A. The 61-series buses will not be running in Oakland. A shuttle bus will operate between Sennott Street and Oakland Avenue in Oakland, and at Beacon and Murdoch Streets in Squirrel Hill. An 88-Penn Special bus will operate between Penn Station, UPMC Children’s Hospital in Lawrenceville and West Penn Hospital in Bloomfield. The 89-Garfield Commons bus will not be in operation. Expect bus detours until about 3 p.m.
  • Light rail: Two-car light rail trains will operate from 4 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free light rail shuttles will run between Penn Station and Steel Plaza. Customers will be able to transfer to inbound trains heading toward the North Shore.
  • Mon Incline: A free shuttle bus will take customers from the upper station of the Mon Incline to South Hills Junction from 5 a.m. until about 8:45 a.m. If roads are open by 8:45 a.m., Mon Incline shuttle buses will then operate every 35 minutes between the upper station and lower station. Regular fees will be required on the shuttle after 8:45 a.m.

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