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Ridge Lines

Acquired by PAT on March 9, 1964

Ridge Lines, like several other McKeesport bus companies, came about as the survivor to a street railway operation, in this case the Port Vue Street Railway which connected the hilltop community of its name with the West Penn Walnut Street line at the 15th Street Bridge.

The car line met its demise in 1919. In 1922 Ben Rudberg was granted rights to operate between Port Vue and the P&LE station in McKeesport  via 5th, Rebecca and Washington, or roughly what would become the 60U route in later years. The route was extended to the next community, Liberty, in 1937. In 1944 Carl A. Boe purchased the firm from Rudberg. In 1952 a second line was begun which roughly paralleled the defunct trolley operation.

The fleet, which included some school buses, was housed in a garage in Port Vue. Operations also included providing school service between the hilltop communities and McKeesport High School. The Marmons were generally assigned this chore.

Although small, Ridge Lines was one of the better managed and respectable of the independent operators.

Equipment (with PAT number if acquired)
Ridge Number Make Model Year PAT Number
51 GM TGH3102 1956 800
52,53 GM TGH3102 1956 807,808
54 GM TGH3102 1962 809

Note: 31 and 32, 1953 vintage Marmons were on the roster in the early 1960s but do not appear to have been acquired in the takeover.

Routes (shown with PAT numbers)
60P Port Vue
60U Liberty

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