Steel Plaza station (PAAC)

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Steel Plaza
Pittsburgh Light Rail (logo).svg Pittsburgh Light Rail station
Passenger platform at Steel Plaza Station.JPG
Station platform
LocationSixth Avenue and Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA
Coordinates40°26′28″N 79°59′48″W / 40.4411°N 79.9966°W / 40.4411; -79.9966Coordinates: 40°26′28″N 79°59′48″W / 40.4411°N 79.9966°W / 40.4411; -79.9966
Owned byPort Authority
Line(s)
Platforms2 side platforms and 1 island platform
Tracks4
Connectionsmost downtown bus routes
Construction
Structure typeunderground
Disabled accessYes
History
OpenedJuly 3, 1985
Services
Preceding station   Pittsburgh Light Rail (logo).svg Pittsburgh Light Rail   Following station
toward Allegheny
Blue Line
Library
toward Library
Blue Line
South Hills Village via Overbrook
Red Line
South Hills Village via Beechview
Red Line
Castle Shannon
  Special services  
Terminus
ShuttleTerminus
Former services
Preceding station   Pittsburgh Light Rail (logo).svg Pittsburgh Light Rail   Following station
Terminus
Brown Line
Allentown
Rush period service
Terminus
42S South Hills Village
via Beechview
toward Gateway
47D Drake
1980s–1993
toward Drake

Steel Plaza is a station on the Port Authority of Allegheny County's light rail network.[1] The station is located at Grant Street and Oliver Avenue in Downtown Pittsburgh. The station consists of an outbound (southbound) side platform and an inbound island platform, with one track for trains to Wood Street and the other for a disused branch line to Union Station. The station has rights to 4.25 acres [2] underground Mellon Green and is accessible by means of a tunnel that connects BNY Mellon Center and the US Steel Tower.

The busiest station in the system, it provides access to eastern and central portions of downtown, including the city's tallest buildings, the US Steel Tower and BNY Mellon Center. Major office buildings including the Gulf Tower, Three Mellon Center, and the Koppers Building are also only a block away, along with the many early Twentieth Century skyscrapers that make up downtown's inner core. The city's Uptown (commonly known as The Bluff) neighborhood, which includes PPG Paints Arena and Duquesne University is also within a short walk.

History[edit]

The station is located in what was originally the Pittsburgh & Steubenville Extension Railroad Tunnel, which was opened in 1865.[3]

In 1984, Jane Haskell's work "Rivers of Light" was installed.

Fare collection[edit]

There is no fare collection in the Steel Plaza Station. Passengers embarking at Steel Plaza may travel free to any of the other stations in the free fare zone–First Avenue, Wood Street, Gateway Center, North Side, and Allegheny. Outbound passengers pay fares when disembarking.

Steel Plaza subway platform
Steel Plaza Station
View from atop the steps leading down to the platforms.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Official Port Authority information page
  2. ^ "The Pittsburgh Press - Google News Archive Search". news.google.com.
  3. ^ http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/cityregion/s_547236.html

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