You have a choice of buses to work
Yes, you can get there from here! Weekday bus service to Pittsburgh for Cranberry residents is available from three separate agencies. But you’ll have to scout around the perimeters of the Township because none of them actually make stops in Cranberry proper. And, unless enough commuters find and use those services, they’ll eventually go away. They’re all part of a lingering desire to re-introduce scheduled transit service to Cranberry following the collapse of the Harmony Short Line trolley all the way back in 1931.
For Cranberry commuters, most of today’s transit services begin at a 330-space Park ‘n Ride just a little north of the Township on Rt. 528, by the Evans City entrance to I-79. Parking there is free, and two public transit agencies – Butler Transit Authority and New Castle Area Transit Authority – each offer express service from there into the city. There’s also a commercial service, operated by Lenzner, that leaves from both the Baierl Ice Complex, formerly Blade Runners in Thorn Hill Industrial Park, and from the Park ‘n Ride lot at Warrendale Road and Brush Creek Road in Marshall. Travel times for all three services are each about 30 minutes.
There was a brief interval, longtime residents here will recall, when people from Cranberry who worked in Pittsburgh could take a Port Authority bus downtown and back each weekday. Scheduled runs weren’t all that frequent, and they never really served the heart of Cranberry. But it was a popular service. However, over the years, Allegheny County decided to limit its transit routes to those communities closer to the city center, as a cost-saving measure. Today, the farthest north that Port Authority goes is McCandless.
Between the three current services – Lenzner, Butler and New Castle Transit – local commuters have a viable alternative to driving.
- New Castle Transit has four inbound morning runs starting at 5:30 for a fare of $4.
- Lenzner has six runs, also beginning at 5:30, for $5.00 or $5.75, depending on where you catch the bus.
- Butler Transit Authority has two from the Evans City Park ‘n Ride, departing at 5:40 and 6:40, for a cash fare of $5. Stops within the city vary by carrier.
That’s not all. The ten-county nonprofit Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission operates an online service called CommuteInfo.com which offers a free ride-matching service to commuters interested in carpooling or vanpooling. Currently active pools in the Township include one from Cranberry to Oakland and another from Cranberry to downtown Pittsburgh. More could be added if demand increases.
Detailed information about all the services, including their fees and schedules, is available at their respective websites, listed below:
Park-n-ride facilities are designated areas where drivers can park their vehicles or commuters can be dropped off and board public transit. Park-n-rides are also great places for carpools and vanpools to meet up with their group.
Join the program with a phone call or register online - save time and money. Visit CommuteInfo.org or call 1-888-819-6110.
CommuteInfo is available to meet with employers
Schedule an onsite meeting at your workplace, 1-888-819-6110.
CommuteInfo serves employers and commuters in: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Washington and Westmoreland counties. The Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission's CommuteInfo® program is designed to increase the number of people who travel to work or school by transit, carpool, vanpool, or bikepool. CommuteInfo operates the region's carpool and vanpool program. The goal is for commuters living, working, or attending school within the 10-county SPC region to choose ridesharing at least twice a week. Over 1,250 commuters a day ride in a CommuteInfo carpool or vanpool.