Pittsburgh

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Overview - Pittsburgh

Located at the confluence of the Monongahela and Allegheny Rivers, Pittsburgh is the seat of Allegheny County and the second largest city by population in Pennsylvania. It has approximately 301,000 inhabitants in the city proper as of 2018. The Pittsburgh metropolitan area (Pittsburgh) comprised 2,324,743 residents as of the 2018 US Census Bureau Estimate.


Pittsburgh's rapid transit network consists of three light rail services and three bus rapid transit corridors. It also retains two funiculars.

The T Light Rail

Opened 1984 as a modern light rail system, The T consists of three light rail services that serve the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and the southern suburbs. The T is one of the few surviving first-generation streetcar systems in the USA. Services run underground in Downtown Pittsburgh. There is a spur to Penn Station as well as a street-running line (Brown Line, service terminated 2011) that are no longer used in standard service.

Red Line

The Red Line of the Pittsburgh Light Rail is a light rail service on a North-South alignment, running from Allegheny station in the north to South Hills Village in the south via Downtown Pittsburgh, serving 32 stations.


The Red Line was opened as part of the new Pittsburgh Light Rail in 1984 and the most recent extension was to Allegheny station in 2012. The Red Line is owned and operated by the Port Authority of Allegheny County.


Headways
ServiceM-F MiddayM-F RushSat.Sun.Notes
Red15'12'15'15'*1

Schedules -- Last Updated: Mar 28, 2020

*1 - See Timetables for service to South Hills Village

Blue Line

The Blue Line of the Pittsburgh Light Rail is a light rail service on a North-South alignment, running from Allegheny station in the north to South Hills Village in the south via Downtown Pittsburgh, serving 24 stations.


The Blue Line was opened as part of the new Pittsburgh Light Rail in 1984 and was renovated heavily in the early 2000s, reopening in 2004 as a modern light rail line. The most recent extension was to Allegheny station in 2012. The Library Branch was rebranded as the Silver Line on March 15, 2020. The Blue Line is owned and operated by the Port Authority of Allegheny County.


Headways
ServiceM-F MiddayM-F RushSat.Sun.Notes
Blue15-30'4-12'30'30'

Schedules -- Last Updated: Mar 28, 2020

Silver Line

The Silver Line of the Pittsburgh Light Rail is a light rail service on a North-South alignment, running from Allegheny station in the north to Library in the south via Downtown Pittsburgh, serving 31 stations.


The Silver Line was opened as part of the new Pittsburgh Light Rail in 1984 as the Library Branch of the Blue Line and was renovated heavily in the early 2000s, reopening in 2004 as a modern light rail line. The most recent extension was to Allegheny station in 2012. The Library branch was rebranded as the Silver Line on March 15, 2020. The Silver Line is owned and operated by the Port Authority of Allegheny County.


Headways
ServiceM-F MiddayM-F RushSat.Sun.Notes
Silver30'12'30'30'

Schedules -- Last Updated: Mar 28, 2020

Port Authority BRT

Pittsburgh has three fully segregated busways providing bus rapid transit service within the city of Pittsburgh and nearby suburbs.

MLK Jr. East Busway (Purple Line)

The MLK Jr. East Busway, colored purple on maps, is a 14.6 km bus rapid transit corridor on an East-West alignment, running from Penn Station in the west to Swissvale in the east, serving 10 stations. There are two services P1 and P2 that run on the Busway as a rapid transit service, and there is a third service P3 that serves Oakland. Numerous other services use the Busway as well. Note that the strip map above only shows the busway itself and does not show services.


The MLK Jr. East Busway was opened in February 1983 along a railway corridor and was extended to Swissvale in 2003. The MLK Jr. East Busway is owned and operated by the Port Authority of Allegheny County.


Headways
ServiceM-F MiddayM-F RushSat.Sun.Notes
P1/P28-12'3-4'15'20'*1
P320-30'8-12'No ServiceNo Service

Schedules -- Last Updated: Jan 12, 2020

*1 - Combined service shown. P2 only runs weekday AM rush hour.

West Busway (Green Line)

The West Busway, colored green on maps, is a 8.2 km bus rapid transit corridor on an East-West alignment, running from Carnegie in the west to Sheraden in the east, serving 6 stations. The G2 service is the primary local service, serving all stations on the busway. Note that the strip map above only shows the busway itself and does not show services.


The West Busway was opened in September 2000. The West Busway is owned and operated by the Port Authority of Allegheny County.


Headways
ServiceM-F MiddayM-F RushSat.Sun.Notes
G220'8'30-35'30-35'

Schedules -- Last Updated: Jan 12, 2020

South Busway (Yellow Line)

The South Busway, colored yellow on maps, is a 6.9 km bus rapid transit corridor on a North-South alignment, running from Station Square in the north to Glenbury in the south, serving 11 stations. Note that the strip map above only shows the busway itself and does not show services.


The South Busway was opened in 1977. The South Busway is owned and operated by the Port Authority of Allegheny County.

Pittsburgh Inclines

Of Pittsburgh's many inclines, only two remain today - the Monongahela and Duquesne Inclines.

Monongahela Incline

The Monongahela Incline is a funicular scaling Mt. Washington, running from Station Square station.


The Monongahela Incline was opened in 1870 and is the oldest continuously operating funicular in the USA. The Monongahela Incline is owned by the Port Authority of Allegheny County.

Duquesne Incline

The Duquesne Incline is a funicular scaling Mt. Washington.


The Duquesne Incline was opened in May 1877.

References & Helpful Links

Pittsburgh Light Rail at Wikipedia

MLK Jr. East Busway at Wikipedia

West Busway at Wikipedia

South Busway at Wikipedia

Monongahela Incline at Wikipedia

Duquesne Incline at Wikipedia

Official Website for Port Authority of Allegheny County: Port Authority of Allegheny County

Official Website for Duquesne Incline: Duquesne Incline


Maps

Unofficial Map - Pittsburgh Rapid Transit [Mar 2015] by Michael Lopato (transitmap.net)

Unofficial Map - Pittsburgh Rapid Transit [July 2012] (fatherpitt.wordpress.com)


Other Sources

Pittsburgh, USA at Urbanrail.net

Pittsburgh, USA at BRTDATA.ORG

Asset Notes

All colors taken from official timetables as of July 2019 (March 2020 for Silver Line).