Friends General Conference

Nurturing faith and Quaker practice

Gathering Shuttles

 

This year Friends General Conference will provide our own volunteer-operated "shuttle" service, due to the high price of professional service in the area. This means that we will not have the flexibility a professional service can provide.

Shuttle seats are only available with advance reservations. All reservations are due by June 10.

Child Car Seat Laws in PA

You will need to provide your own car seats for young children using the shuttles. Pennsylvania law requires you to have your child in an appropriate car seat, or you risk a $75 fine.

Follow these guidelines when obtaining a car seat for your child:

  • Children under 4 years old: Use a federally approved child car seat, appropriate for the height and weight of your child.
  • 4 to 8 years old: Use a booster seat until your child reaches the height and weight maximum.
  • Click here for more details on Pennsylvania car safety requirements for children to age 18.

Airport Shuttles

Price

$32 per person each way

Reservations

Reserve your Pittsburgh airport shuttle seats when you register for the Gathering. If you do not yet know your scheduled arrival and departure times, you can return to your online reservation or add a shuttle by e-mail until June 10. All shuttle reservations are due by June 10.

To reserve a shuttle we need to know :

  • The date and scheduled time of arrival (or departure).
  • Where you are coming from (or going to).
  • Names of everyone traveling with you.

Arrivals

You might have to wait at the airport as much as three hours. We will be grouping people together rather than meeting specific planes, and we've been told to allow three hours for a van to drive to campus and return to the airport for the next group. Shuttles from the Pittsburgh airport will run during the following times :

Friday, 06/27 : 4:00-10:00 pm (serving planes arriving by 9:30 pm)
Saturday, 06/28 : 2:00-11:00 pm (serving planes arriving by 10:30 pm)
Sunday, 06/29 : 1:00-10:00 pm (serving planes arriving by 9:30 pm)

Departures

Departure shuttle reservations are due by June 10. We will NOT be able to accept reservations during the Gathering.

We will have two busses returning people to the airport on Saturday, 07/05/2014. The bus company told us to allow two hours to get to the airport, since traffic jams can stretch a one-hour trip to two hours. We will be adjusting times and who goes on which bus in order to get you to the airport in the most cost-effective manner, so you might need to leave campus earlier than you wish. We can not promise a bus seat at a specific time. You will receive your departure time in late June. Anticipated departure times from campus (subject to change) will be :

6:00 AM
8:00 AM
9:00 AM
11:00 AM
12:00 PM
2:00 PM

Amtrak Station Shuttles

Price

$32 per person each way

Reservations

Reserve your train shuttle seats when you register for the Gathering. If you do not yet know your scheduled arrival and departure times, you can return to your online reservation or add a shuttle by e-mail until June 10. All train shuttle reservations are due by June 10.

To reserve a shuttle we need to know :

  • The date and scheduled time of arrival (or departure).
  • Where you are coming from (or going to).
  • Names of everyone traveling with you.

Arrivals

We will be combining train and bus arrivals, so you might have to wait at the train station an hour or more. We will accomodate trains scheduled to arrive at the Pittsburgh train station at the following times :

Friday, 6/27 : 1 Friday afternoon, then 8:00 pm and 11:48 pm
Saturday, 6/28 : 5:05 am, 8:00 pm, and 11:48 pm
Sunday, 6/29 : 5:05 am, 8:00 pm, and 11:48 pm

Departures

We will only have two departing train shuttles on Saturday, 07/05/2014, one very early in the morning (5:00 am) and one leaving campus at 2:00 pm.

Bus Shuttles

Price

$32 per person each way

Reservations

The Megabus stop (at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center) and the Pittsburgh Greyhound station are two blocks from the Amtrak Station. We will be grouping bus and train arrivals, so you might have to wait an hour or more after your bus arrives. You may need to walk to the train station to meet the shuttle.

Reserve your bus shuttle seats when you register for the Gathering. If you do not yet know your scheduled arrival and departure times, you can return to your online reservation or add a shuttle by e-mail until June 10. All bus shuttle reservations are due by June 10.

To reserve a shuttle we need to know :

  • The date and scheduled time of arrival (or departure).
  • Where you are coming from (or going to).
  • Names of everyone traveling with you.

Arrivals

We will be combining train and bus arrivals, so you might have to wait at the train station an hour or more. We will accomodate Megabus riders scheduled to arrive in Pittsburgh at the following times :

Friday, 6/27 : 8:05 pm, 10:55 pm, 11:50 pm, and 12:15 am (Sat.)
Saturday, 6/28 : 1:10 pm, 1:35 pm, 2:50 pm, 5:25 pm, 8:05 pm, 10:55 pm, 11:50 pm, and 12:15 am (Sun.)
Sunday, 6/29 : 1:10 pm, 1:35 pm, 2:50 pm, 5:25 pm, 8:05 pm, 10:55 pm, 11:50 pm, and 12:15 am (Mon.)

Departures

We will only have two departing bus shuttles on Saturday, 07/05/2014, one very early in the morning (5:00) and one leaving campus at 2:00 p.m. You will be dropped off at the Amtrak station, about two blocks from the bus.

Learning about the Departure Time of Your Shuttle

All Friends with shuttle reservations will receive an email by June 23 with the time of their assigned shuttle(s)