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Blue Line – Library

Blue Line - Library
Overview
Type Light rail
Locale Pittsburgh
Operation
Owner Port Authority of Allegheny County
Operator(s) Port Authority of Allegheny County
Technical
Track gauge
Electrification Overhead lines
Route map
Pittsburgh Light Rail 47D

The Blue Line – Library (formerly the 47L Library via Overbrook) is a line on the Pittsburgh Light Rail system that runs between Library and Downtown Pittsburgh via the Overbrook neighborhood.

Route

The line begins in Library in South Park and runs north to Willow through Bethel Park, providing a transfer to the Red Line, which runs via Beechview. The Blue Line – Library continues north through Overbrook, Brookline, Carrick, Bon Air, and Beltzhoover. At South Hills Junction the Blue Line – Library rejoins the Beechview line and the Brown Line, which runs over Mount Washington through the Allentown neighborhood. The Blue Line – Library 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 Blue Line – Library 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.

History

The line from South Hills Junction to Castle Shannon (now called the Overbrook Line) was first constructed by the Pittsburgh and Castle Shannon Railroad (P&CSRR) between 1872 and 1874.[1] In 1905 Pittsburgh Railways leased the route and between 1909 and 1910 converted it from narrow gauge to dual gauge and installed overhead power for trolleys.

Mid-20th century PCC streetcars continued to run over the "Overbrook" line until 1993, when concerns about the safety of the line led PAT to suspend service there pending reconstruction. This former Pittsburgh Railways trolley line had never been updated to current light rail system requirements. After receiving federal funding for Stage Two of the light rail system development, the Overbrook line was reconstructed as a fully rebuilt double-tracked line served by modern light rail vehicles, making this line a considerably faster commute.

The line was reopened on June 2, 2004 following major work which included doubling of the track and elimination of 22 traditional street level trolley stops in favour of 8 new LRV style stations with platforms.[2]

The Port Authority closed five stations along the Blue Line on June 25, 2012: Martin Villa, Mine 3, Lindermer, Center and Latimer.[3]

Stations

Station Name Station Type Other Services Municipality
Library high level South Park
West Library high level South Park
Sandy Creek street level Bethel Park
Beagle street level Bethel Park
King's School street level Bethel Park
Logan street level Bethel Park
Sarah street level Bethel Park
Munroe street level Bethel Park
South Park street level Bethel Park
Mesta street level Bethel Park
Lytle high level Bethel Park
Hillcrest street level Bethel Park
Washington Junction high level Red Line, Blue Line - South Hills Village Bethel Park
Smith Road street level Red Line Castle Shannon
St. Anne's street level Red Line Castle Shannon
Willow high level Blue Line - South Hills Village Castle Shannon
Memorial Hall high level Blue Line - South Hills Village Castle Shannon
Linden Grove (closed) street level Blue Line - South Hills Village Castle Shannon
Killarney high level Blue Line - South Hills Village Castle Shannon
McNeilly high level Blue Line - South Hills Village Pittsburgh
South Bank high level Blue Line - South Hills Village Pittsburgh
Denise high level Blue Line - South Hills Village Pittsburgh
Bon Air high level Blue Line - South Hills Village Pittsburgh
Boggs high level Blue Line - South Hills Village Pittsburgh
South Hills Junction high level Red Line, Blue Line - South Hills Village Pittsburgh
Station Square high level Red Line, Blue Line - South Hills Village Pittsburgh
First Avenue high level Red Line, Blue Line - South Hills Village Pittsburgh
Steel Plaza underground Red Line, Blue Line - South Hills Village Pittsburgh
Wood Street underground Red Line, Blue Line - South Hills Village Pittsburgh
Gateway Center underground Red Line, Blue Line - South Hills Village Pittsburgh
North Side underground Red Line, Blue Line – Library, Blue Line - South Hills Village Pittsburgh
Allegheny high level Red Line, Blue Line – Library, Blue Line - South Hills Village Pittsburgh

References

External links

  • Blue Line - Library via Overbrook schedule effective March 25, 2012
  • Blue Line - Library via Overbrook Route Map

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