Red Line (Pittsburgh)
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.
Red Line train
|System||Pittsburgh Light Rail|
|Daily ridership||10,683 (2018)|
|Owner||Port Authority of Allegheny County|
|Operator(s)||Port Authority of Allegheny County|
|Track gauge||5 ft 2 1⁄2 in (1,588 mm)|
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. The line was renamed slightly to Red Line - Castle Shannon via Beechview when the North Shore Connector opened.
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.
|Station||Station Type||Other Services||Municipality||Distance to next outbound stop||Distance to next inbound stop|
|South Hills Village (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 (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||high platform||Castle Shannon||1967 feet||1252 feet|
|Castle Shannon||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||high platform||Mt. Lebanon||3043 feet||3448 feet|
|Dormont Junction||high platform||Dormont||3448 feet||2543 feet|
|Potomac||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||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||high platform||Blue Line - Library, Blue Line - South Hills Village||Pittsburgh||2209 feet||4446 feet|
|Station Square||high platform||Blue Line - Library, Blue Line - South Hills Village||Pittsburgh||4446 feet||2823 feet|
|First Avenue||high platform||Blue Line - Library, Blue Line - South Hills Village||Pittsburgh||2823 feet||1738 feet|
|Steel Plaza||underground||Blue Line - Library, Blue Line - South Hills Village||Pittsburgh||1738 feet||1527 feet|
|Wood Street||underground||Blue Line - Library, Blue Line - South Hills Village||Pittsburgh||1527 feet||1387 feet|
|Gateway Center||underground||Blue Line - Library, Blue Line - South Hills Village||Pittsburgh||1387 feet||2581 feet|
|North Side||underground||Blue Line - Library, Blue Line - South Hills Village||Pittsburgh||2581 feet||2682 feet|
|Allegheny||high platform||Blue Line - Library, Blue Line - South Hills Village||Pittsburgh||2682 feet||-|
- "System Map Winter 2018". Port Authority.
- Grata, Joe (February 26, 2007). "Bus, trolley riders warned of closing of bridge over Route 51". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved April 11, 2007.
- Grata, Joe (August 22, 2007). "S. Hills bus, trolley disruptions ending Sept. 2". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
- "Eleven T Stops Close June 25". Port Authority of Allegheny County. June 22, 2012.
- Red Line Schedule https://www.portauthority.org/pdfs/RED.pdf