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Transportation, Hotel, and Meeting Location

The May 2020 meeting will be held at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown


Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) is the primary source of air transportation for the city of Pittsburgh, and is located 17 miles from the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown (an approximately 30-minute-long drive dependent upon traffic). A typical flight to PIT takes 90 minutes or less for 70% of North America's population, and the airport is serviced by 14 different airlines, which offer 180 nonstop flights on weekdays to over 50 nonstop U.S. destinations. A variety of rental car options are available, as well as alternate options for ground travel to the hotel. These include taxi (estimated fare $35-$37 each way); ride share services Uber, Lyft, and zTrip; and the 28X Airport Flyer bus. An attractive option, the 28X Airport Flyer bus (via West Busway) departs the airport every 30 minutes and makes 6 stops - including downtown - at the cost of $2.75 each way. More detailed information regarding ground transportation to and from Pittsburgh International Airport can be found on the airport's website. You can also utilize the Port Authority Trip Planner to estimate cost and travel time using Pittsburgh's Public Transit systems (PIT is stop #4405, and the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown is stop #4126).

If you plan to drive, the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown can be accessed with relative ease by following directions provided on the hotel website.

Upon arrival at the hotel, you will find yourself within walking distance of countless dining and entertainments options, as well as a Pittsburgh Light Rail station (otherwise known as the T) for those further destinations - many of which operate within a fare-free zone. More information can be found in the More About Pittsburgh, PA section of this page.


The Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown is located at the tip of Pittsburgh's "Golden Triangle" - the city's thriving downtown region - with scenic views of Point State Park, as well as the Monongahela, Allegheny, and Ohio rivers which converge there. Attendees will find the region very walkable, with a multitude of dining and entertainment options accessible in fewer than 15 minutes of walking. The hotel's address is 600 Commonwealth Place, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222.

A discounted room rate for JANNAF attendees has been negotiated with the hotel and will be available via the JANNAF reservation link to be posted in early March. Note that the JANNAF discounted room block is not yet open for reservations. When the JANNAF room block open in early March, the JANNAF discounted room rate per night for all attendees will be the GSA FY 2020 per diem rate of $126 plus tax (currently 14%) per night, for single or double occupancy.

When the JANNAF room block opens for reservations, please be sure to utilize the provided reservation link and/or the reservation phone number. If calling, be sure to mention that you'll be attending the JANNAF conference. Doing so will ensure that your reservation is at the JANNAF discounted rate and that JANNAF receives credit for your reservations, which helps us to avoid penalties by meeting contractual obligations to the hotel, and keep meeting costs down.

More About Pittsburgh, PA

Once a heavily industrial Steel City, Pittsburgh has transformed into a center for education, medicine, and research, with a shifted focus towards sustainable living and an appreciation for the local landscape. The hotel is located across the street from a notable site in this local landscape: Point State Park. The park (which requires no fee for entry) is situated where the Monongahela and Allegheny rivers converge to form the Ohio River, and holds historical significance as the former location of Fort Prince George, Fort Duquesne, and Fort Pitt. In addition to providing a pleasant, grassy area for a break-time stroll and a history lesson through its monuments, plaques, markers, and Fort Pitt Museum, Point State Park also serves as the tip of Pittsburgh's "Golden Triangle" - a bustling, uniquely Pittsburgh downtown dining, entertainment, and retail destination.

Reference the Downtown Made Easy Guide for Downtown Pittsburgh's plentiful transportation options to various points of interest (as well as throughout the city in general), including walkways, bike share, busses, and light rail (which offers unlimited fare free transportation through most Downtown stops). Also mentioned are the Monongahela and Duquesne Inclines, which are historic functioning funiculars located directly across the Monongahela river from the hotel, offering stunning views of the city and surrounding landscape from the side of Mount Washington.

Other destinations of interest include the Clemente Museum (located in Lawrenceville, a 9-minute trip via car), the Andy Warhol Museum (located on North Side, a 15-minute walk or 4-minute car trip), the Phipps Conservatory (located in Oakland, a 13-minute trip via car), the Nationality Rooms in the Cathedral of Learning at the University of Pittsburgh (located in Oakland, an 11-minute trip via car), the Mister Rogers' Neighborhood exhibit in the Heinz History Museum (located Downtown, a 6-minute car trip or a free hotel shuttle stop), and more than 30 craft breweries scattered throughout the city. Attendees can even take in a Pittsburgh Pirates home game, as three are scheduled to take place 19-21 May against the Chicago Cubs (PNC Park is a 15-minute walk from the host hotel, or a 5-minute car ride). For even more downtime ideas, view the Downtown Shopping Guide for a map of various food, entertainment, and shopping destinations in each of Downtown's districts.

Pittsburgh Skyline