The red and white sign for the Martin Luther King Jr. East Busway makes it very clear that the roadway is for "Buses Only, No Trespassing."
But the Gotham Police Department has some sway, accounting for the twin stream of cars that moved out from behind the federal courthouse and post office building on Grant Street and onto the busway near the The Pennsylvanian.
They were part of the set for "The Dark Knight Rises," which was rising in less visible places Thursday than the Downtown shoot on Wednesday. The latest sites included the Wabash Tunnel, part of the closed East Busway and the shadowy space behind the building near the intersection of Grant and Liberty Avenue.
Onlookers drifted over to The Pennsylvanian apartment building and almost everyone made a beeline for the rows of blue cars decorated with "GPD" for Gotham Police Department. Racks of costumes along with real cops and those in police officer uniforms could be spotted among the many crew members milling about, and an SUV that had been turned into a moving camera car seemed to be undergoing careful preparation.
Filming on "The Dark Knight Rises" will return to the vicinity of Cherry Way on Friday and Smithfield Street on Saturday. For a detailed list of traffic advisories and street closures, see pghfilm.org.
The production does not film on Mondays and Tuesdays and is scheduled to be here through Aug. 21, if all goes as planned. It appears that director Christopher Nolan is moving at an efficient pace -- getting started and completing some scenes at the beginning of the day, before most filmmakers even have their first cappuccino.
"The Dark Knight Rises" will arrive in theaters in July 2012.