The Pittsburgh metro, known as the T, is a network of 42 kilometers in Pennsylvania that operates as metro in the city center and as a light urban railway in the southern suburbs. Linking the North Shore and Downtown Pittsburgh to the southern suburbs and many others in South Hills.
The owner and operator of this system is Port Authority of Allegheny County (PAT).
The T of Pittsburgh is the evolution of the old tramway system operated by Pittsburgh Railways in the 60s until it was adquired by the PAT.
In 2014, the PAT, which also manages the Pittsburgh Metro buses, Access and Mon Incline, had 63 million passengers. Daily 210,000 passengers of which 28000 were T users.
Pittsburgh T, lines and stations
Currently there are 2 T lines operating. In many documents they are considered 3 lines, as the blue line has 2 branches that correspond to old lines in its own right. There are also many other lines without service.
Previously it was the line 42S. The red line covers the route between South Hills Village and downtown Pittsburgh through Beechview neighborhood. There are 32 stations that run underground, at surface level and elevated. Stations: South Hills Village, Dorchester, Bethel Village, Highland, Casswell, Washington Junction, Smith Road, St. Anne’s, Overbrook Junction, Castle Shannon, Arlington, Poplar, Mt. Lebanon, Dormont Junction, Potomac, Stevenson, Shiras, Belasco, Hampshire, Fallowfield, Westfield, Pennant, Dawn, Palm Garden, South Hills Junction, Station Square, First Avenue, Steel Plaza, Wood Street, Gateway Center, North Side, Allegheny. Also this line is considered two sub-lines, the Red Line Castle Shannon via Beechview and the Red Line South Hills Village via Beechview, although this line does not have branches.
Formerly known as the 44L, 47L lines. The service runs from Downtown to Pittsburgh via Overbrook Library and also comes to South Hills Village as it branches at Washington Junction. The main section has the following 19 stations: Allegheny, North Side, Gateway Center, Wood Street, Steel Plaza, First Avenue, Station Square, South Hills Junction, Boggs, Bon Air, Denise, South Bank, McNeilly, Killarney, Memorial Hall, Willow, St. Anne’s, Smith Road, Washington Junction. The branch that goes to Library makes 12 stops: Hillcrest, Lytle, Mesta, South Park, Munroe, Sarah, Logan, King’s School, Beagle, Sandy Creek, West Library and Library. And finally the branch that goes to South Hills Village, formerly known as the 47S, has 5 stations: Casswell, Highland, Bethel Village, Dorchester and South Hills Village
Out of service lines
The following lines are no longer operational: 47D Drake, 47 Shannon Brown Line, 44L and 44S
Park and Ride in Pittsburgh
There are available parking spaces scattered throughout Allegheny County, many of them near bus and subway stations. In total there are 54 locations with more than 14,000 parking spaces. The vast majority are free. The use is reserved for public transport users.
Maps of the Park’n ride in Pittsburgh: http://www.portauthority.org/
Port Authority has tariff zones. The final price of your ticket depends on the distance from Downtown Pittsburgh. A greater number of zones means a more expensive trip. The trips that begin and end in the same area are billed as a only one zone.
The really great thing about the T of Pittsburgh is that it has areas that are completely free, which encourages the use of public transport. This is possible thanks to the sponsor with Pittsburgh Steelers, Rivers Casino, and the Stadium ALCO Parking Authority of the City of Pittsburgh.
Free Zone: Downtown Pittsburgh by bus and Downtown/North Shore in T. It includes the following stations:
- Downtown Pittsburgh: First Avenue Station, Steel Plaza, Wood Street Station and Gateway
- North Shore: North Side Station and Allegheny Station
- 2 main areas, Zone 1 and Zone 2 when you leave the downtown. 1A is an area which is where 2 main zones overlap
- Zone 1: closest area to Pittsburgh Downtown.
- Zone 2: the rest of the system
Better understood watching the map
Tickets and fares
Users of the Zone 1 or Zone 1A and Zone 1 only pay for a zone. The price is $ 2.50 for an adult. If zone 2 is reached the rate rises to $ 3.75.
Traveling through this area require an adult ticket for a single area that costs $ 2.50.
Zone 2 or Zone 2 + 1A pay a single area, $ 2.50 and 3.75 if they get to zone 1.
Children and people with disabilities
Children are between 6 and 11 years old. Children pay half the adult fare.
1$ per transfer.
There are weekly, monthly and annual passes. For 1 zone cost $ 25.00, $ 97.50, and $ 1,072.50 respectively and for 2 zones $ 37.50, $ 146.25, $ 1608.75.
It is a card that you can preload tickets and passes.
* You have to pay the exact amount in cash.
Hours of service
The T operates daily from 5am to 1am
Only animals that assist persons with disabilities are allowed. Service animals also if they are being trained. Pets that can be taken in its cage and are small enough to be carried by the user are also permitted. Animals/Pets do not pay extra ticket or fee.
Bicycles are also allowed in T
PAT has a bus route to the Pittburgh International Airport, the 28X Airport Flyer. This bus goes to the center of Pittsburgh and Oakland, where there are connections with other buses and the T. The ticket costs $ 3.75.