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VEHICLES CLOG PITTSBURGH LOTS AS TRANSIT STRIKE ENTERS 2ND DAY

Traffic backed up outside parking lots and garages Tuesday as a transit strike entered its second day, but one motorist said it seemed more people were in car pools.

The high-occupancy vehicle lane on Interstate 279, a major route through the city, was much busier Tuesday than Monday, Larry Kreh said. The lane is limited to cars with three or more people."I wish I could have rode in with someone, but I needed my car for some appointments today," said Kreh, who works for a glassmaker.

He left a half-hour early and was one of the last drivers to squeeze his car into a 986-space riverside parking lot at about 7:30 a.m. Nancy Cook, another motorist who parked there, said she waited 20 minutes to get in.

"I was shocked," said Cook, a Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board employee. "It took longer for me to get parked than it did for me to drive into the city."

The streets seemed to be parking lots Monday evening as commuters used to going home aboard Port Authority Transit buses or trolleys sat in cars that barely moved.

More than 100,000 commuters were forced to drive, take riverboats or bicycles, or walk to work in bitter cold after transit workers walked off the job just after midnight Monday. Some griped bitterly about the inconvenience.