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Bacco Coach Lines

Acquired by PAT on March 16, 1964

Bacco was a relative newcomer to the transit scene, at least as far as a legal operation is concerned. Pasquale Bacco reportedly started a jitney type service between Linhart and the Westinghouse plant in Wilmerding in the early 1920s using an open sided truck. In 1946 his son, Louis, formed a partnership with his father and began regular (and certified) service between Wilmerding and Restland Memorial Park, between Wilmerding and Monroeville. The eastern suburbs began to blossom and the route was extended to the Miracle Mile Shopping Center on Route 22.

A second route, between East Pittsburgh and Wilmerding, was started in 1952. Because substantial portions of it duplicated Pittsburgh Railways Route 87, Bacco was restricted from carrying local passengers in that area. A branch also served portions of Greensburg Pike. On paper, if not in actual service, another route connected Wilmerding and McKeesport, although it too was subjected to restrictions due to service already being provided by other carriers.

Two routes (and two Bacco buses) became part of the PAT system.

Equipment (with PAT number if acquired)
Bacco Number Make Model Year PAT Number
7 International School Bus 1951 -
37 GM TGH2708 1950 812
100 GM TGH2708 1949 813
205 GM TG3206 1945 -
209 GM TG3206 1945 -
368 Flxible 33B1 1942 -

Note: Coaches 7, 205, 209 and 368 were not renumbered.

Routes (shown with PAT numbers)
70B Wilmerding - Monroeville
70C Wilmerding - East Pittsburgh

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Picture of Bacco 37 captured from an 8mm home movie by Rick Hannegan

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