Red Line (Pittsburgh)

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Pittsburgh Light Rail Red Line
Red Line Car, Beechview, 2015-09-10, 02.jpg
Red Line train
Overview
TypeLight rail
SystemPittsburgh Light Rail
LocalePittsburgh
Stations32
Daily ridership10,683 (2018)[1]
Operation
OwnerPort Authority of Allegheny County
Operator(s)Port Authority of Allegheny County
Technical
Track gauge5 ft 2 12 in (1,588 mm)
ElectrificationOverhead lines
Route map

Allegheny
         
North Side
Gateway
Wood Street
Penn Station
occasional use
Steel Plaza
First Avenue
I-376.svgUS 22.svgUS 30.svg
I-376 / US 22 / US 30
Penn Lincoln Parkway
South Hills Junction
         
Palm Garden
Dawn
Pennant
Westfield
Fallowfield
Hampshire
Belasco
Shiras
Pittsburgh
Dormont
Stevenson
Potomac
Dormont Junction
Dormont
Mt. Lebanon
Mt. Lebanon
Poplar
Mt. Lebanon
Castle Shannon
Arlington
Castle Shannon
Left arrowOverbrook Junction
Right arrowWillow
         
Blue Line
St. Anne's
Smith Road
Castle Shannon
Bethel Park
Washington Junction
    
Casswell
Highland
Bethel Village
Dorchester
Bethel Park
Upper St. Clair
South Hills Village
    
South Hills Village
Rail Center

The Red Line (formerly the 42S South Hills Village via Beechview) is a line on the Pittsburgh Light Rail system that runs between South Hills Village and Downtown Pittsburgh via the Beechview neighborhood. The companion route, the Blue Line, branches off north of Martin Villa and runs through Overbrook. In March 2007, the closure of the Palm Garden Bridge for refurbishment suspended the Red Line for five months; it resumed service in September.[2][3]

Route[edit]

The line begins at South Hills Village in Upper St. Clair, and runs north to Washington Junction through Bethel Park, providing a transfer to the Blue Line - Library, which runs via Overbrook. The Red Line continues north through Castle Shannon and Mount Lebanon, then through the Mount Lebanon Rail Tunnel underneath Washington Rd./West Liberty Ave (aka Truck U.S. Route 19) into Dormont at the other end. The first station coming out of the tunnel northbound is Dormont Junction, then line proceeds through this suburb, crossing many streets via grade crossings. The line then arrives at Potomac, where it begins travelling through street trackage about a quarter mile down the tracks, crossing into the neighborhood of Beechview in the city of Pittsburgh near the Neeld Avenue stop.

Before the Mt. Lebanon Rail Tunnel, the old streetcars ran with car traffic on Washington Rd. between Alfred St. in Mt. Lebanon and the intersection of McFarland Rd. and Raleigh Ave. (where Washington Rd. becomes West Liberty Ave.) in Dormont.

At South Hills Junction the Red Line rejoins the Blue Line and the Brown Line, which runs over Mount Washington through the Allentown neighborhood. The Red Line runs through the Mount Washington Transit Tunnel, stopping at Station Square before crossing the Monongahela River on the Panhandle Bridge. Reaching downtown at First Avenue, the Red Line proceeds underground to Steel Plaza, Wood Street and Gateway Center. Upon reaching Gateway, the route then proceeds under the Allegheny River and makes additional stops at North Side and Allegheny stations on the North Shore.

The Port Authority closed seven stations along the Red Line on June 25, 2012: Santa Barbara, Martin Villa, Kelton, Neeld, Boustead, Coast and Traymore.[4] The line was renamed slightly to Red Line - Castle Shannon via Beechview when the North Shore Connector opened.

Station List[edit]

The Pittsburgh Light Rail has three types of stations. They are low platform, high platform, and underground. High platform and underground stations are wheelchair accessible. Low platform stations are not wheelchair accessible as they require passengers to climb stairs to board the light rail vehicle.

Service beyond Overbrook junction to South Hills Village is limited[5].

Station Station Type Other Services Municipality Distance to next outbound stop[6] Distance to next inbound stop
South Hills Village Handicapped/disabled access (limited service) high platform Blue Line - South Hills Village Upper St. Clair - 1405 feet
Dorchester (limited service) low platform Blue Line - South Hills Village Bethel Park 1405 feet 1532 feet
Bethel Village (limited service) low platform Blue Line - South Hills Village Bethel Park 1532 feet 2529 feet
Highland (limited service) low platform Blue Line - South Hills Village Bethel Park 2529 feet 1668 feet
Casswell (limited service) low platform Blue Line - South Hills Village Bethel Park 1668 feet 2440 feet
Washington Junction Handicapped/disabled access (limited service) high platform Blue Line - South Hills Village, Blue Line - Library Bethel Park 2440 feet 1259 feet
Smith Road (limited service) low platform Blue Line - South Hills Village, Blue Line - Library Castle Shannon 1259 feet 1469 feet
St. Anne's (limited service) low platform Blue Line - South Hills Village, Blue Line - Library Castle Shannon 1469 feet 1967 feet
Overbrook Junction Handicapped/disabled access high platform Castle Shannon 1967 feet 1252 feet
Castle Shannon Handicapped/disabled access high platform Castle Shannon 1252 feet 1072 feet
Arlington low platform Castle Shannon 1072 feet 2497 feet
Poplar low platform Mt. Lebanon 2497 feet 3043 feet
Mt. Lebanon Handicapped/disabled access high platform Mt. Lebanon 3043 feet 3448 feet
Dormont Junction Handicapped/disabled access high platform Dormont 3448 feet 2543 feet
Potomac Handicapped/disabled access high platform Dormont 2543 feet 1141 feet
Stevenson low platform Dormont 1141 feet 1950 feet
Shiras low platform Pittsburgh 1950 feet 1570 feet
Belasco low platform Pittsburgh 1570 feet 1566 feet
Hampshire low platform Pittsburgh 1566 feet 401 feet
Fallowfield Handicapped/disabled access high platform Pittsburgh 401 feet 1843 feet
Westfield low platform Pittsburgh 1843 feet 1124 feet
Pennant low platform Pittsburgh 1124 feet 1353 feet
Dawn low platform Pittsburgh 1353 feet 1184 feet
Palm Garden low platform Pittsburgh 1184 feet 2209 feet
South Hills Junction Handicapped/disabled access high platform Blue Line - Library, Blue Line - South Hills Village Pittsburgh 2209 feet 4446 feet
Station Square Handicapped/disabled access high platform Blue Line - Library, Blue Line - South Hills Village Pittsburgh 4446 feet 2823 feet
First Avenue Handicapped/disabled access high platform Blue Line - Library, Blue Line - South Hills Village Pittsburgh 2823 feet 1738 feet
Steel Plaza Handicapped/disabled access underground Blue Line - Library, Blue Line - South Hills Village Pittsburgh 1738 feet 1527 feet
Wood Street Handicapped/disabled access underground Blue Line - Library, Blue Line - South Hills Village Pittsburgh 1527 feet 1387 feet
Gateway Center Handicapped/disabled access underground Blue Line - Library, Blue Line - South Hills Village Pittsburgh 1387 feet 2581 feet
North Side Handicapped/disabled access underground Blue Line - Library, Blue Line - South Hills Village Pittsburgh 2581 feet 2682 feet
Allegheny Handicapped/disabled access high platform Blue Line - Library, Blue Line - South Hills Village Pittsburgh 2682 feet -

References[edit]

  1. ^ "System Map Winter 2018". Port Authority.
  2. ^ Grata, Joe (February 26, 2007). "Bus, trolley riders warned of closing of bridge over Route 51". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved April 11, 2007.
  3. ^ Grata, Joe (August 22, 2007). "S. Hills bus, trolley disruptions ending Sept. 2". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
  4. ^ "Eleven T Stops Close June 25". Port Authority of Allegheny County. June 22, 2012.
  5. ^ Red Line Schedule https://www.portauthority.org/pdfs/RED.pdf
  6. ^ "PAAC System Map". Port Authority.


External links[edit]

Route map:

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