Title

PITTSBURGH'S RAIL TRANSIT RENAISSANCE

Authors

J Beim

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1988

Subject Area

mode - bus, mode - rail, mode - tram/light rail, mode - mass transit

Keywords

Transit, Streetcars, Railroad transportation, Rail transportation, Public transit, Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania), Motor bus transportation, Mass transit, Local transit, Intercity bus transportation, Fare collection, Bus transportation

Abstract

Pittsburgh's rail transit history is reviewed, and comments are made on the modal options available in the town. The pre-light-rail streetcar operation is described, as well as today's rail system, the "T" system. Fare collection is also described. Attempts to improve the bus service are noted. The success of the first phase of the rail rebuilding program is prompting the study of the development of a new rail line between downtown and the North side. Study and implementation of transit alternatives are necessary to accommodate the growth anticipated in this heavily transit-patronized region.