BusesYour Carnegie Mellon ID provides free and unlimited use of all public transportation (buses, the "T" subway and the inclines) in the city. A trip planner is available at www.portauthority.org. There are many buses from Shadyside to Mellon Institute (500, 71C, 74B and 71D) and from Squirrel Hill to Mellon Institute (61A, 61B, 61C). Most of them will take you downtown as well. Depending on whether the bus is headed into or out of downtown, you are suppose to show the student card when you are getting on or off the bus, which can be tricky. If the bus driver places his hand on the machine where you buy the bus tickets, you show your student card to him only when you get off the bus. You can check bus schedules or plan trips from this website: http://www.portauthority.org/paac/.
CMU Escort ServiceIn the evening and at night, CMU runs a free service, Carnegie Mellon's Escort Service will pick you up outside Mellon Institute and drop you off at your doorstep in Shadyside, Squirrel Hill or Oakland after hours, which is especially useful when working late nights in the lab. Carnegie Mellon's Shuttle bus service stops at designated locations in North Oakland and Shadyside. There are about five different pick-up locations on campus, and vans (they are written as ESCORT in white, usually on the ground) and run at a frequency of every 30 minutes. For more information see http://www.cmu.edu/police/escort.htm.
Pittsburgh International AirportBus 28X shuttles in-between from CMU and the Pittsburgh International Airport. The ride is free with a CMU ID and is much cheaper (under USD$5) than taking a cab (approximately USD$30-$40). The travelling time takes approximately 50 minutes.
Bicycle StandsBicycle stands are available in the Mellon Institute as well as at various spots on campus.
CabYellow Taxi: +1-412-321-8100
Checkers Cab: +1-412-381-5600