Tag Archives: public transit

Port Authority System Wide Map, Summer 2018

31 Aug


Port Authority releases a system wide map.

View it here.

I really got nothing more to say, other than finally.

Also coming soon: real time data, that may or may not be better than Transit App.


Trolley lines that survived to the end of 1957

28 Aug

Someone made a Google Map of every trolley line in the US that survived to the end of 1957.

Here’s a screencap of Pittsburgh.

In 1956, the Pa. General Assembly consolidated the companies by creating the Port Authority of Allegheny County, which transitioned from streetcars to buses, mainly to save money in operations and maintenance, per WESA.

See the full map here.

Once there, you can click on a line for more info and abandonment dates.

Then you can cry.

Subway that never was, 1926

1 Mar


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From the annals of the newly formed, but now extinct, “Department of City Transit.” The actual name of the document is:  Communication from the City Transit Commission of Pittsburgh to the Mayor and City Council, containing a Report on a plan for financing initial subway construction in Pittsburgh. This one is from March 1926, building upon a previous report from 1917.

The document goes on to describe the “diagrammatical representation of a future comprehensive rapid transit system for Pittsburgh and we recommend that the first rapid transit unit of this system to be completed should be the so-called Fifth Avenue line from the North Side to the East End.” The northern terminus would be “either at Ohio Street or at North Avenue. The eastern terminal “would probably be at Frankstown Avenue near Dallas Avenue.”

This line would follow Federal Street…and would pass under the Allegheny River through subaqueous tunnels….The line would follow Sixth Street to Liberty Avenue and thence pass under private property to Fifth Avenue on the remainder of its route throught the central business district and thence proceed through the through the Oakland District to Craig Street at Fifth Avenue. After passing under private property to Neville Street, it would follow Ellsworth Avenue to Devonshire Street and thence proceed, mostly under private property to Center Avenue west of Liberty Avenue. It would follow Center Avenue to Penn Avenue in East Liberty and thence follow Frankstown Avenue to a terminal near Dallas.

While fun to imagine what Pittsburgh would look like if this had happened, it mostly fills me with sadness. Nearly 100 years later, the best we can come up with to replicate this is Bus Rapid Transit, and only to Oakland. Bummer.

Port Authority Bus Location Map

26 Nov

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This is so awesome and so overdue. Add a route, see where the bus is. Perfect for winter. Also, you there is an arrival time estimator. Riding the bus just got more convenient.


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