Gateway station (PAAC)

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Gateway
Pittsburgh Light Rail (logo).svg Pittsburgh Light Rail station
Gateway Station, Pittsburgh, 2015-05-10, 01.jpg
Gateway Center Station platform 2015
LocationStanwix Street and Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA
Coordinates40°26′30″N 80°00′12″W / 40.4416°N 80.0032°W / 40.4416; -80.0032Coordinates: 40°26′30″N 80°00′12″W / 40.4416°N 80.0032°W / 40.4416; -80.0032
Owned byPort Authority
Line(s)Downtown subway
Platforms1 island platform
Tracks2
Construction
Structure typeunderground
Disabled accessYes
History
OpenedJuly 3, 1985 (old station)
March 25, 2012 (new station)
ClosedOctober 30, 2009 (old station)
Rebuilt2012
Previous namesGateway Center
Traffic
Passengers (2018)5,516[1] (weekday boardings)
Services
Preceding station Port Authority of Allegheny County Following station
North Side
toward Allegheny
Blue Line
Library
Wood Street
toward Library
Blue Line
South Hills Village
via Overbrook
Wood Street
Red Line
Castle Shannon
Wood Street
Red Line
South Hills Village
via Beechview
Wood Street
Former services
Preceding station Port Authority of Allegheny County Following station
Terminus Brown Line Wood Street
47D Drake
1980s–1993
Wood Street
toward Drake

Gateway is a station on the Port Authority of Allegheny County's Pittsburgh Light Rail network,[2] located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Until October 30, 2009, it was the network's westernmost extent within downtown Pittsburgh. The Port Authority closed Gateway Center as part of construction work on the North Shore Connector project, and a new station opened in 2012 (though its name was truncated from "Gateway Center" to simply "Gateway"). The former station entrance was demolished and a new station was built.[3] Gateway Station and North Side station lie at the southern and northern ends of the Allegheny River Tunnel, respectively.

History[edit]

Gateway Center Station was opened on 3 July 1985 as part of the new subway system that replaced the remaining downtown street running trolleys.[4] Named for Gateway Center, the adjacent office complex, the station served the western portion of downtown. The stop also served major buildings such as One PPG Place and Fifth Avenue Place, the shopping and dining district at Market Square, and the historical and recreational hub of Point State Park.

Station entrance

Gateway Center closed on October 30, 2009 as part of the North Shore Connector project, and a newly constructed station (named Gateway) opened just north of the original station on March 25, 2012. The original outbound platform under Liberty Ave was left intact, but the inbound platform was demolished to make the curve onto Stanwix Street.

The station features a mural by artist Romare Bearden. Commissioned by the Port Authority as part of the original station complex, the mural is now valued at $15 million.[5] The Heinz Endowments has pledged $250,000 toward the costs of removal and refurbishment.[6] The mural was removed when the station was demolished, but was reinstalled in the new station. The original mural had one tile which had accidentally been placed upside-down, and the reinstallation of the mural faithfully reproduced this error.[7]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "System Map Winter 2018". Port Authority.
  2. ^ Official Port Authority information page
  3. ^ Schmitz, Jon (November 2, 2009). "Subway station closing causes no major delays". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2009-11-28.
  4. ^ "The Antique Motor Coach Association of Pennsylvania - The 80's at PAT - 1980 - 1989". 2008. Retrieved 30 August 2009.
  5. ^ "Pittsburgh subway station tile mural worth $15 million". Associated Press. April 24, 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-24.
  6. ^ "Heinz Endowments gives $250,000 to restore $15 million mural". Associated Press. May 1, 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-02.
  7. ^ Thomas, Mary (14 March 2012). "Romare Bearden's tile mural once again shows his love for city and its people". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 25 March 2012.

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