Travel FAQ

DSA Convention Travel Information

The convention will be held in Antiochian Village in Bolivar, PA. The address for the convention is:

The Antiochian Village

201 St Ignatius Trl.

Bolivar, PA 15923

Mandatory Travel Share

Participation in DSA conventions includes participating in one of two travel share options. This mandatory travel share program is intended to equalize or offset transportation costs. Delegates can choose which option to use:

  • By Air: One pool is basically for people who fly and the equal cost will be calculated at convention.
  • By Land: One pool is basically for people who commute locally, drive or take the bus or train, or use frequent flier miles. They will cover their own expenses and above that pay a fixed travel fee of $75 to the convention.

Driving to the Convention

You will not need a car for convention events. Parking at the venue is free. Please click this link for a for a convention carpool for traveling from the regional airport, bus stations, and train stations. The National Office is NOT organizing local carpools. This carpool form is for regional travel from major transportation hubs.

The Antiochian Village

201 St Ignatius Trl

Bolivar, PA 15923

Find it on google maps here!

DSA Convention Travel Information

The convention will be held in Antiochian Village in Bolivar, PA. The address for the convention is:

The Antiochian Village

201 St Ignatius Trl.

Bolivar, PA 15923

Mandatory Travel Share

Participation in DSA conventions includes participating in one of two travel share options. This mandatory travel share program is intended to equalize or offset transportation costs. Delegates can choose which option to use:

  • By Air: One pool is basically for people who fly and the equal cost will be calculated at convention.
  • By Land: One pool is basically for people who commute locally, drive or take the bus or train, or use frequent flier miles. They will cover their own expenses and above that pay a fixed travel fee of $75 to the convention.

Driving to the Convention

You will not need a car for convention events. Parking at the venue is free. Please click this link for a for a convention carpool for traveling from the regional airport, bus stations, and train stations. The National Office is NOT organizing local carpools. This carpool form is for regional travel from major transportation hubs.

The Antiochian Village

201 St Ignatius Trl

Bolivar, PA 15923

Find it on google maps here!

Renting a Car in Pittsburgh

The prices for renting a car in Pittsburgh start from around $110 for three days dependent on which car rental service you use and which car you decide to rent. If you decide to rent a car, please be aware of the fact that most car rental services in Downtown Pittsburgh are closed on Sundays, so you will not be able to return the car on the Sunday. Most close around lunchtime, which means you’d have to miss convention programming. An alternative to rent the car from Downtown is to rent it from the Airport, where most car rental services are open on Sundays as well. NOTE: If you are interested in carpooling from the airport, you will need to fill out the online carpool survey and we will connect you with other delegates so you can arrange for carpools. Car rental services have different daily extra fees for additional drivers and young drivers. Most services charge extra when you rent a car as a young person under 25!

Carpooling and Taxisharing from the Pittsburgh Airport, Bus Stations, and Train Stations

Staff cannot coordinate local carpools nor regional ones. We can, however, help you connect with fellow travelers that are coming in to Pittsburgh (via the airport or bus stations) or Latrobe (via the bus to train stations). Please fill out this form to let us know your travel plans and where/when you will be coming from and arriving/leaving. With this information, we can help you connect with other convention attendees to make plans on your own to rent cars, share taxis, carpool, and possibly reserve a Blue Van (depending on interest).

Public Transportation to the Convention

If you are flying to Pittsburgh International Airport or taking a bus to Pittsburgh note that buses and trains leave from Pittsburgh to a small town called Latrobe, PA, which is 25 minutes by car away from Antiochian Village. If you decide to do this, you will still need to arrange a ride or a taxi from Latrobe, so it may end up being as expensive as or more expensive than coming straight from Pittsburg. You can use our carpool/taxisharing form to try to coordinate a ride from Latrobe.

Information about bus and train routes between Pittsburgh and Latrobe can be found below.

Bus to/from Pittsburgh International Airport:

There are no direct buses from the airport to the Antiochian Village. However, if you arrive via plane you can take bus 28X from the airport to Downtown Pittsburgh, and then transfer to either of the transportation options that are listed below. The bus will stop at Liberty Avenue/Wood Street in Downtown Pittsburgh, from here, you can walk to either Greyhound or Westmoreland Transit Bus Stops. The closest Westmoreland bus stop is Strawberry way/Grant Street. Information about bus route 28X can be found here. The bus costs $3.75 (you must have exact change)

Alternatively, if you are more than one person you can take a taxi from the airport to Downtown, which will amount to approximately $45.

Bus from Pittsburgh City Centre to Latrobe:

MORNING: Greyhound operates a bus route from Pittsburgh to Latrobe a little town 25 minutes from the Antiochian Village. It stops at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Latrobe, where you can try to coordinate carpools from using our carpool ride board. Buses depart twice a day:

Greyhound

Thursday 12th November

Friday 13th November

Departure

06.15 AM and 10.30 AM

06.15 AM and 10.30 AM

Arrival

07.35 AM and 11.50 AM

07.30 AM and 11.50 AM

Cost (One-way)

$20-26

$20-26

Tickets

Purchase Here

Purchase Here

Station Address: PITTSBURGH INTERMODAL STA 55 11TH ST Pittsburgh, PA 15222

EVENING: Westmoreland Transit operates a bus route from several stops in Downtown Pittsburgh to Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Latrobe four times a day. NOTE: The latest you can arrive to Pittsburgh on both days is around 04.30 in Downtown in order to catch the latest bus!

Westmoreland Transit

Thursday 12th November

Friday 13th November

Departure

From 03.40 PM to 05.10 PM four times a day

From 03.40 PM to 05.10 PM four times a day

Arrival

05.25 PM to 06.55 PM four times a day

05.25 PM to 06.55 PM four times a day

Cost

$6

$6

Tickets

Fare paid on the bus. More info here.

Fare paid on the bus. More info here

 

If you are arriving to Pittsburgh by Bus, you will most likely be traveling with either Greyhound or Megabus. Greyhound drops you off at Pittsburgh Intermodal Station and Megabus drops you off at the David L. Lawrence Convention Centre. Both locations are in close proximity of one another (approximately 0.3 mile), as well as the Westmoreland Transit bus stop at East Busway/Penn Station, so you will be able to walk to either Greyhound or Westmoreland Transit easily. The bus stops are highlighted on this map:

Pick-up Address: One Oxford Centre, Grant Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 (This is the Federal Reserve address, which is the stop listed on the website.)

Bus from Latrobe to Pittsburgh City Centre:

On Sunday November 15th, Greyhound is the only company that operates a bus route from Latrobe to Pittsburgh. It departs twice that day:

Greyhound

Sunday 15th November

Departure

04.30 PM and 07.25 PM

Arrival

05.55 PM and 08.25 PM

Cost

$22-27

Tickets

Purchase Here

When arriving to Pittsburgh you will once again be close to the Megabus and Greyhound drop off location (see map). If you are going to the airport, bus 28X will be running every 30 minutes until 11.08 PM. NOTE: If you are catching a plane out of Pittsburgh it cannot depart any sooner than 08.30 PM, because the earliest arrival from Latrobe in Downtown Pittsburgh via Greyhound is at 05.55 PM!

Amtrak

Sunday 15th November

Departure

06.31 PM

Arrival

08.05 PM

Cost

$11

Train from Pittsburgh to Latrobe:

If you, for whatever reason, arrive to Pittsburgh early in the morning you will be able to take the train to Latrobe. Have you arrived to Pittsburgh via bus with a Greyhound or Megabus you will be dropped off at the Convention Centre or the Pittsburgh Intermodal Station. Nearby, is the Amtrak Train Station from where you can take a train to Latrobe. 

Amtrak

Thursday 12th November

Friday 13th November

Departure

07.30 AM

07.30 AM

Arrival

08.21 AM

08.21 AM

Cost

$11

$11

Tickets

Purchase Here

Purchase Here

 

Taking a Taxi from Latrobe

Veteran's Cab Company can take you from both Arnold Palmer Regional Airport and the Amtrak train station. You can reach them at 724-537-7708. They recommended reserving a cab at least a day in advance. They estimate the costs is about $40. To the best of our abilities, we can help coordinate taxi shares from both transportation hubs the convention center, using the online ride board.

 

Lessons in Organizing from the Chicago Women’s Liberation Union

January 17, 2017
· 51 rsvps

Join DSA Vice-Chair Chris Riddiough to explore what we can learn from the work of the Chicago Women’s Liberation Union (1969-77), the largest of the socialist feminist women’s unions of the 1970s, which had a rock band, a graphics collective, the underground abortion collective JANE, and numerous other projects. Check out their website and join the discussion via internet connection.

Film Discussion: The Price We Pay

January 30, 2017
· 41 rsvps
The Price We Pay blows the lid off the dirty world of corporate malfeasance — the dark history and dire present-day reality of big-business tax avoidance, tax havens - and what we need to do to stop this.  DSA member Bill Barclay, who has a cameo role in the film, will facilitate the discussion. Watch the film prior to the discussion.

Full film available on Vimeo.

How to Plug in New Members

February 01, 2017
· 10 rsvps

Is your DSA chapter growing quickly and you're trying desperately to find ways to plug new members into your chapter's work? Never fear! On this conference call an experienced DSA organizer will go over the basics of new member outreach and developing a plan for plugging new members into your chapter's work. Most of the call will be devoted to troubleshooting specific issues you're facing, so please brainstorm some issues beforehand that you want to bring up on the call.  8 PM ET; 7 PM CT; 7 PM MT; 7 PM PT.

Film Discussion: Salt of the Earth

February 05, 2017
· 7 rsvps

Join DSA members Shelby Murphy and Deborah Rosenfelt in discussing Salt of the Earth, a captivating film made in 1954 by blacklisted writers and actors about a strike at a New Mexico zinc mine. Well before the resurgence of feminism in the 1960s, these filmmakers were exploring gender inequality and solidarity. Available on Netflix.

Shelby Murphy is a Latina from Texas and former Young Democratic Socialists co-chair. Professor Emerita of Women’s Studies at the University of Maryland, Deborah Rosenfelt researched the making of the film and its aftermath for the reissued screenplay. Here is her blogpost about the film.

 

DSA New Member Orientation Call

February 15, 2017
· 42 rsvps

You've joined DSA - Great. Now register for this New Member Orientation call and find out more about our politics and our vision.  And, most importantly, how you can become involved.  8 PM ET; 7 PM CT; 6 PM MT; 5 PM PT.

Film Discussion: Documentaries of People's History in Texas

April 02, 2017
· 1 rsvp

Join DSA members Glenn Scott and Richard Croxdale to discuss videos produced by People’s History in Texas (PHIT), a project that brings to life the stories of ordinary people in significant socio-political movements in Texas. They will discuss The Rag, their newest documentary, which tells the story of an influential underground paper based in Austin, Texas, from 1966-77. Click here to view Part I (the early years as an all-volunteer paper covering the student, anti-Vietnam and Civil Rights movements), Part II (the impact of Women’s Liberation on the paper) and Part III (building community: covering local politics, nukes, co-ops, feminist institutions). But check out their short the video on the Stand-Ins about a group of university students who led a movement to desegregate Austin’s movie theaters in 1961.

Film Discussion: The Free State of Jones

June 11, 2017
· 2 rsvps

Join Victoria Bynum, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History, Texas State University, San Marcos, to discuss The Free State of Jones. STX Entertainment bought the film rights to Bynum's book of the same title. She also served as a consultant and appears in a cameo scene. What was the Free State of Jones? During the Civil War, an armed band of deserters led by Newt Knight, a non-slaveholding white farmer, took to the swamps of southeastern Mississippi and battled against the Confederacy in an uprising popularly known as “The Free State of Jones.” Joining Newt in this rebellion was Rachel, a slave. From their relationship, there developed a controversial mixed-race community that endured long after the Civil War had ended. View the film here for $6 before the discussion.