When to Arrive
The FGC Gathering begins on Sunday, June 29. All Friends are welcome to arrive June 28 if they wish (additional charges will apply). All Junior Gathering volunteers have to attend a mandatory training which begins at 9 am on Sunday June 29. The Gathering will pay Saturday housing fees for Junior Gathering volunteers, but not for their family members or others arriving with them.
We will be using the Pittsurgh airport (PIT) and will arrange for shuttles to campus during high peak travel times. More detail will be available on this webpage by the first of the year.
For Gathering attenders, Amtrak offers a 10% discount off the best available rail fare to Pittsburgh between June 21 and July 8, 2013. Please note that no additional discount applies. People over 61 should ask whether the senior discount is a better price.
To book your reservation call Amtrak at 1 (800) 872-7245 or contact your local travel agent. FGC discount tickets cannot be booked via the Internet. You need to purchase your ticket by phone or in person to receive the Gathering discount. Click here for information you can hand to a ticket agent. Please refer to Convention Fare Code X42R-984 when making your reservation. This offer is not valid on the Auto Train and Acela service. Offer valid with Sleepers, Business Class or First Class seats with payment of the full applicable accommodation charges. Fare is valid on Amtrak Regional all departures seven days a week, including the 4th of July. The sooner you buy your ticket, the cheaper it is likely to be.
We expect to arrange for shuttles from the Amtrak Station to the Cal U campus at the beginning and the end of Gathering. Train shuttle reservations are made on the Gathering registration form. Return here in March, 2014 for more shuttle information.
Some useful links for planning your trip :
Cal U (Calfornia University of Pennsylvania) is 35 miles south of Pittsburgh.
Be green and arrive at the Gathering with a full car! Indicate your interest in carpooling when you register, and FGC will send you information about contacting other carpoolers.
To view the carpool list, you must have the confirmation number listed in the e-mail instructions. Once you get to your Registration Summary page, click on upper INFORMATION tab at the top (just under the Gathering logo) and then click on CARPOOL LIST tab on the next line down.