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2016 Hotel & Transportation Information

Official Conference Hotel

Stay right upstairs from the conference venue. This year's conference is being held at the Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center, which is also the official conference hotel. 


$169/night (if booked before May 5th)
100 Lytton Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213
Email: [email protected]

To take advantage of the group rate, please call the hotel and reference the following group number: 05266841CN

This offer is available only until Thursday, May 5th, 2016.

Rooms may also be booked online by visiting www.wyndham.com and taking the following steps:

  1. Enter zip code: 15213
  2. Enter arrival/departure dates (Note that only dates between May 26th and 29th will work for online booking; for dates outside that range, please call the hotel.)
  3. Click "Special Rates and Codes"
  4. Click "Group codes"
  5. Enter group code: 05266841CN
  6. Click "Enter"
  7. Click "Find It"
  8. Click "Check Rates" under the Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center
  9. The group name and rate will populate
  10. Proceed to making a reservation

If you experience difficulty with online booking, please call the hotel directly: 412-682-6200

Other Conference Area Hotels

Rates below do not include 14% hotel tax. As always, you may find lower rates on sites such as hotels.com, Room Key, Priceline, Expedia, or Kayak, or for non-refundable reservations.

Oakland Neighborhood Hotels

Hilton Garden Inn – Pittsburgh University Place
>>The Hilton Garden Inn is our overflow hotel, and is offering a special rate of $149/night to conference attendees. It is approximately a 15 minute walk from the Hilton to the conference venue. 
0.9 miles from conference
3454 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Special Rate registration link

Marriott Residence Inn
0.7 miles from conference
3896 Bigelow Blvd
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(412) 621-2200

Hampton Inn Pittsburgh-University Center
1 mile from conference
3315 Hamlet St, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Economy Options

Quality Inn University Center
1 mile from conference
3401 Boulevard of the Allies, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(412) 683-6100

Hyatt Regency Pittsburgh Airport
20.6 miles from conference; connected to airport
Public transportation to oakland neighborhood available–see transportation sheet
1111 Airport Boulevard, 15231

Additional economy hotels are located near the Pittsburgh airport but do not have access to public transportation.


There are four ways to get from Pittsburgh International Airport to the conference venue and/or Oakland hotels. The Greyhound, Amtrak, and MegaBus stations are all located in downtown Pittsburgh. Public transportation is available from downtown Pittsburgh to Oakland and the conference venue.


Cabs can be found at the airport. The cost to reach Oakland/University of Pittsburgh is approximately $50/one way. There are no tolls or additional fees except for tips. Pittsburgh also has Lyft and Uber services available. 


SuperShuttle can be scheduled in advance for faster service or booked at the baggage claim area of the Pittsburgh International Airport, in the rental car area, behind the elevators by Door 4. Service to Oakland/University of Pittsburgh is $27/one way.

(800) BLUE-VAN (800-258-3826)


Pittsburgh Port Authority Transportation (PAT) provides bus service to and from the airport on the 28X bus. Buses leave the airport every 30 minutes and take about 66 minutes to reach Oakland. Buses leave from outside the baggage claim area and cost $3.75 one way. This must be paid in cash and no change is available on the buses or at the bus stop. The link below will take you to a pdf version of the 28x schedule. The closest stop to the conference venue is 0.1 miles away at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Tennyson Avenue.


Car Rental

The Pittsburgh airport has several car rental counters. The link below provides phone numbers for available providers.


General transportation within the city

Buses, cabs, and Uber/Lyft are the primary public transportation options in Pittsburgh. The best option for finding bus schedules is Google Maps. Bus fare is $2.75 each way. This must be paid in cash and no change is available on the buses or at the bus stop. You can also purchase a reloadable Connect Card at the Pittsburgh international Airtport (and other locations) and use that to pay bus fare. Schedules are not posted at bus stops but can be found via Google Maps. Realtime bus arrival/departure information can be found using the Port Authority's True Time site.

Attendees should note that unless you are leaving from the airport or a hotel, cabs in Pittsburgh must be scheduled in advance and cannot usually be hailed on the street. Cab service is provided by Yellow Cab: 412-321-8100.

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Questions? Contact us at [email protected].