Bikes on Transit

Pittsburgh Regional Transit makes it easy to combine bike and transit trips. Whether you are putting your bike on the front of a bus to get up a hill, or on the T to get through one, PRT has you covered. Keep reading to find out more. After getting stuck due to a rainstorm, snow or a flat tire, you’ll be glad you did.

For the most up-to-date info, see the PRT’s “bikes on transit” page.

Buses

Every bus in the PRT system provides a bike racks. Two bikes are permitted per bus.

Watch a short video on how to use the racks:

Tips on safely using these racks:

  1. Waive a bus down, wait for it to come to a full stop, then step in front of it to lower the rack.
  2. Before exiting the bus tell the driver that you have to get your bike. You don’t want the driver driving off with your bike, or worse, starting to drive off while you’re in front of the bus.

Note: If you accidentally leave your bike on the front of the bus, the operator will take it to their respective garage. Call the PRT’s Customer Service number for help in recovering your bike: 412-442-2000. Be prepared with a description of your bike, or better yet, take a photo of your bike and register it with BikeIndex.

The T

Bikes are allowed on the PRT’s light rail system – commonly known as “the T” – at all times in either direction. Riders may load/unload their non-folding bikes at high-platform stations only. See the PRT website for details.

Two bikes are permitted per light rail vehicle and must be stowed in the designated wheelchair spaces. Of course, persons in wheelchairs have priority over bicycles.

Be sure to hold onto your bike securely while on the T and keep it clear of aisles and doorways. Bicycles must be walked at all times when accessing PRT stations.

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Monongahela and Duquesne Inclines

Photo by Arne Heggestad

Bicyclists can use one of the inclines to get up Mt. Washington.

  • Monongahela – One bike permitted at at time and must be stowed in upper level of wheelchair accessible car. There are no peak restrictions.
  • Duquesne – Two bikes are permitted at all times. There are no peak restrictions.

Important Note:

If you experience any issues with bus drivers (reckless driving etc) or bike racks on buses (if one happens to be broken or a bus arrives without a rack), just follow these simple steps:

  1. Take down the four digit vehicle ID number, found on the back exterior or front interior of the bus, give that number to customer service.
  2. If you can’t get the four digit ID, be sure to get the bus route, time, and location of when you intended to board the bus (e.g. “the rack on the 54C route at 1:12 p.m. on South 18th Street at Carson Street…”).
  3. Contact PRT Customer Service at 412-442-2000 (put that number in your cell phone).  Or send them a complaintNOTE: If you want the Port Authority to respond to your complaint and follow up with you, you must let them know in your email or phone call, otherwise they won’t respond.
  4. If you’ve actually been hit by a Port Authority Bus, click here for advice on what to do.