Transportation for Thanksgiving Recess

  • TICKETS FOR THANKSGIVING BUSES HOME PROGRAM GO ON SALE TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17. DEADLINE FOR BUS TICKET SALES IS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10, AT 4:30 PM (OR EARLIER IF THE BUS FILLS UP BEFORE).

    Pitt-Bradford will once again be partnering with Pitt-Oakland to provide transportation back and forth to a number of locations for the Thanksgiving Recess, which runs from Wednesday, November 22 through Sunday, November 26.

    For this upcoming Thanksgiving Recess, Pitt-Bradford will provide a bus that will travel to the Pittsburgh campus on Tuesday, November 21 with connections to longer distance buses that will reach their destinations the same day.  Likewise, Pitt-Bradford will have a bus waiting in Pittsburgh on Sunday, November 26 to meet the returning buses when they arrive at Pitt-Oakland from their various destinations that evening.

    On Tuesday November 21, the bus from Bradford to Pittsburgh will depart Pitt-Bradford from the Frame-Westerberg Commons at 10:30 am, arriving at Pitt-Oakland by 3 pm.  All buses to other destinations will depart Pitt-Oakland at 4:15 pm.  

    Because the bus departs Bradford on a class day, any student taking the bus must make satisfactory arrangements in advance with their professors for any missed work in those Tuesday classes they are unable to attend.  Taking the bus will not automatically excuse one from classes, and excuses will not be written or given for this purpose.

    On Sunday November 26, returning buses will arrive in Pittsburgh at 6 pm, with the bus to Bradford departing Pitt-Oakland between 6 pm and 6:30 pm and arriving at Pitt-Bradford by 10:30 pm (depending on the arrival time of the last connecting bus carrying Pitt-Bradford students).

    The bus from Bradford to Pittsburgh and back holds 56 persons maximum.  It will thus be important to make your reservation within two weeks of the general announcement, which will come to you by email sometime during the month of October.

    Destinations served, and round-trip ticket prices from Pittsburgh to that destination and back to Pittsburgh are as follows.  One-way tickets are available also, but cost approximately 75% of the price of a round-trip ticket.  In addition to the prices listed, all students will need to pay a $20 seat reservation fee for the Bradford to Pittsburgh bus, which will be refunded to you when you board the bus in Bradford.

    • Allentown, PA:  $ 135 RT ($ 100 one-way)
    • Breezewood, PA:  $ 115 RT ($ 85 one-way)
    • Erie, PA:  $ 105 RT ($ 80 one-way)
    • Frederick, MD:  $ 135 RT ($ 100 one-way)
    • Harrisburg, PA:  $ 115 RT ($ 85 one-way)
    • King of Prussia, PA:  $ 135 RT ($ 100 one-way)
    • New York, NY:  $ 160 RT ($ 120 one-way)
    • Philadelphia, PA:  $ 135 RT ($ 100 one-way)
    • Pittsburgh, PA:  (No Charge, but seat reservation fee required)
    • Scranton, PA:  $ 135 RT ($ 100 one-way)
    • Seacaucus, NJ:  $ 160 RT ($ 120 one-way)
    • Washington, DC:  $ 135 RT ($ 100 one-way)

    Students may also get to the following destinations using this service, although it would be significantly longer travel time than using available commercial bus transportation through Fullington Trailways from the local Bradford bus station, which has one daily bus running from Bradford to Buffalo.

    • Buffalo, NY:  $ 135 (via Pittsburgh)
    • Rochester, NY:  $ 160 (via Pittsburgh)

    RESERVATION FEE:  
    In addition to the cost of your ticket listed above, each student making a reservation will be required to pay a $20 reservation deposit, which will be refunded to you when you board the bus in Bradford on November 21.  Students not arriving to take the bus will forfeit the $20 reservation deposit, as well as the cost of their ticket.  (For students traveling to/from Pittsburgh only, due to the fact that there is no cost for your ticket, your reservation fee is $40, with $20 being refunded to you when you board the bus in Bradford on November 21, and the remaining $20 being refunded to you beginning Tuesday, November 28, after you have arrived back in Bradford.  Students traveling from Pittsburgh and not utilizing their bus seat will forfeit the reservation fee.)

    HOW DO I MAKE MY RESERVATION?
    To take advantage of this service, BEGINNING ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17 you must come to the Student Activities Office (206 Commons) and meet with Shannon Ridenour between the hours of 9 am and Noon, or 1 pm and 4:30 pm Monday through Friday.  Tickets and reservation fee (or a reservation fee for Pittsburgh only) must be paid for by cash or check at the time you make your reservation.  The deadline for bus ticket sales is Friday, November 10th at 4:30 pm or when all seats are filled, whichever comes earlier.

    WHAT ARE THE DROP-OFF AND PICK-UP POINTS IN MY DESTINATION CITY?
    In Pittsburgh, you will be dropped off on Bigelow Boulevard across Fifth Avenue from the Cathedral of Learning.  For those connecting to other buses, you will cross Fifth Avenue and board your destination bus in front of the William Pitt Union, where there will be University of Pittsburgh staff persons to assist you.  To find out the time of arrival in and departure from your destination city back to Bradford, please go to the following link: http://www.pc.pitt.edu/transportation/buses_thanksgiving.php

    Also, please be advised that Pitt-Bradford students traveling to destinations beyond Pittsburgh will take the 4:15 pm buses out of Pittsburgh, and not the 2 pm or 6 pm buses.  Upon your return, the Pitt-Bradford bus will be waiting for you on Bigelow Boulevard across Fifth Avenue from the Cathedral of Learning, and will depart at about 6 pm or shortly thereafter for Bradford, depending on the arrival time of the last connecting bus carrying Pitt-Bradford students.  It is your responsibility to go directly from your arriving bus to the Pitt-Bradford bus to check-in and board the bus.

    Please do not hesitate to let me know if you have any questions.
    K. James Evans, Ph.D.
    Vice President & Dean, Student Affairs
    PHONE:  (814) 362-7650
    FAX:        (814) 362-7518
    E-MAIL:   kje2@pitt.edu