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Wabash Tunnel & HOV

Due to the two-year West Carson Street reconstruction project, HOV restrictions are temporarily lifted until December 2015. Automobiles with one occupant will be permitted in the tunnel during peak periods while the project is ongoing. Please refer to the chart below for hours of operation and direction.

The Port Authority-owned Wabash Tunnel provides a shortcut for motorists from Route 51 to the South Side and Downtown Pittsburgh. The centuries-old former railroad tunnel was opened as a commuter tunnel in December 2004. 

Port Authority buses/T do not use the Wabash Tunnel.

Operation

Times 

Direction 

Open 

Monday-Friday 6 a.m.-2 p.m.

Inbound

Closed*

Monday-Friday 2 p.m.-3 p.m.

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Open

Monday-Friday 3 p.m.-11 p.m.

Outbound

Closed 

Monday-Friday 11 p.m.-6 a.m. 

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Open

Saturday & Sunday 6 a.m.-11 p.m. 

Outbound

Closed  Saturday & Sunday 11 p.m.-6 a.m.  

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*One-hour closure so that traffic direction can be changed.

Additional Operating Restrictions

  • Speed limit in the Wabash Tunnel is 25 miles per hour and 15 miles per hour around curves
  • No vehicle over 13’1” is permitted in the tunnel
  • No tractor-trailers or similar commercial trucks are permitted in the tunnel
  • No flammable liquids or explosives are permitted in the tunnel

Parking Information

Adjacent to the Wabash Tunnel on West Carson Street is a 160-space paid parking lot that includes six ADA-accessible spaces. The lot is operated by Parkway Corp., a private company, and is located close to the T, Mon Incline and many bus routes.

For more information on the Wabash lot, including parking rates, visit Parkway's website.

 

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