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
Type Light rail
System Pittsburgh Light Rail
Locale Pittsburgh
Operation
Owner Port Authority of Allegheny County
Operator(s) Port Authority of Allegheny County
Technical
Track gauge 5 ft 2 12 in (1,588 mm)
Electrification Overhead lines
Route map
Allegheny
North Side
Allegheny River
Gateway Center
Wood Street
Penn Station
occasional use
Steel Plaza
Panhandle Tunnel
First Avenue
I-376.svgUS 22.svgUS 30.svg
I-376 / US 22 / US 30
Penn Lincoln Parkway
Panhandle Bridge over
Monongahela River
Station Square
Mt. Washington Transit Tunnel
South Hills Junction
Blue Line
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
Blue Line
to Library
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.[1][2]

Route

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.[3] The line was renamed slightly to Red Line - Castle Shannon via Beechview when the North Shore Connector opened.

Station List

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.

Station Station Type Other Services Municipality
South Hills Village Handicapped/disabled access high platform Blue Line - South Hills Village Upper St. Clair
Dorchester low platform Blue Line - South Hills Village Bethel Park
Bethel Village low platform Blue Line - South Hills Village Bethel Park
Highland low platform Blue Line - South Hills Village Bethel Park
Casswell low platform Blue Line - South Hills Village Bethel Park
Washington Junction Handicapped/disabled access high platform Blue Line - South Hills Village, Blue Line - Library Bethel Park
Smith Road low platform Blue Line - South Hills Village, Blue Line - Library Castle Shannon
St. Anne's low platform Blue Line - South Hills Village, Blue Line - Library Castle Shannon
Overbrook Junction Handicapped/disabled access high platform Castle Shannon
Castle Shannon Handicapped/disabled access high platform Castle Shannon
Arlington low platform Castle Shannon
Poplar low platform Mt. Lebanon
Mt. Lebanon Handicapped/disabled access high platform Mt. Lebanon
Dormont Junction Handicapped/disabled access high platform Dormont
Potomac Handicapped/disabled access high platform Dormont
Stevenson low platform Dormont
Shiras low platform Pittsburgh
Belasco low platform Pittsburgh
Hampshire low platform Pittsburgh
Fallowfield Handicapped/disabled access high platform Pittsburgh
Westfield low platform Pittsburgh
Pennant low platform Pittsburgh
Dawn low platform Pittsburgh
Palm Garden low platform Pittsburgh
South Hills Junction Handicapped/disabled access high platform Blue Line - Library, Blue Line - South Hills Village Pittsburgh
Station Square Handicapped/disabled access high platform Blue Line - Library, Blue Line - South Hills Village Pittsburgh
First Avenue Handicapped/disabled access high platform Blue Line - Library, Blue Line - South Hills Village Pittsburgh
Steel Plaza Handicapped/disabled access underground Blue Line - Library, Blue Line - South Hills Village Pittsburgh
Wood Street Handicapped/disabled access underground Blue Line - Library, Blue Line - South Hills Village Pittsburgh
Gateway Center Handicapped/disabled access underground Blue Line - Library, Blue Line - South Hills Village Pittsburgh
North Side Handicapped/disabled access underground Blue Line - Library, Blue Line - South Hills Village Pittsburgh
Allegheny Handicapped/disabled access high platform Blue Line - Library, Blue Line - South Hills Village Pittsburgh

References

  1. ^ Grata, Joe (2007-02-26). "Bus, trolley riders warned of closing of bridge over Route 51". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2007-04-11. 
  2. ^ Grata, Joe (2007-08-22). "S. Hills bus, trolley disruptions ending Sept. 2". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 
  3. ^ "Eleven T Stops Close June 25". Port Authority of Allegheny County. June 22, 2012. 

External links

Route map: Google

KML is from Wikidata
  • Red Line - Castle Shannon via Beechview schedule and map effective September 12, 2017
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