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Operator Port Authority
System Type Light Rail
Year Opened 1984*
# of Lines 2**
# of Cars
Mileage 26.2 miles
Stations 53
Gauge 5'-2.5"
Power Overhead
Fare Media Farecards
Data Date 2017
1st Visit 3/2016
Last Visit 3/2016
% Rode 100%

US > Eastern US Transit > Pittsburgh
PAT Light Rail

Pittsburgh Light Rail (logo).svg


Pittsburgh is one of a handful of US cities that maintained their streetcars into the Light Rail era. Although the Light Rail system is not nearly as widespread as the former "trolleys" it is still a moden link into Pittsburgh's past.

Despite it being called light rail, many locals still refer to the cars as trolleys.

In the mid-1980's the Port Authority opened the subway in downtown Pittsburgh. This moved the remaining trolleys from the south from the city streets. The Sout lines to Library and South Hills Village were more Interurban like, with a lot of private right-of-way, which made for easy conversion to Light Rail. The last PCCs operated in 1999. In 2012 there was an extension opend to the northside.

Today there are basically 2 routes. The Red Line which runs so Sotuh Hills Village via street median running in Beechwood. The Blue Line runs either to South Hills Village or to Library using the Overbrook Line which is a faster route rebuilt in the mid-2000's.  

The station list below is in alphabetical order. Click on station name to see photos. Please note openign date is typically from the light rail conversion date.

  Station Opened Route Photos New
  Allegheny 2012     6  
  First Ave 2001     7  
  Followfield 1987 3  
  Gateway 1985/2012     7  
  Library 1953/2004     6  
  Mt. Lebanon 1987     12  
  North Side 2012     5  
  Overbrook Jct 2004     5  
  Palm Garden       1  
  Poplar 1987     6  
  Potomic 1987     4  
  South Hill Junction       6  
  South Hills Village 1984     6  
  Station Square 1985     10  
  Steel Plaza 1985     9  
  Traymore (closed) 1987-2012     1  
  Washington Jct 1903/1984     16  
  Willow 2004     3  
  Wood St. 1985     6  
  Yards 7  


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