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16G Charles Street

Route 16G Charles Street came into PAT's route structure as a temporary emergency route due to the temporary closing of the Swindell Street Bridge. The route was set up to allow service for riders of the route along Charles Street as the 16F City View route was unable to reach the area. The rerouting of other routes in the area was deemed inefficient as it would add a tremendous amount of time to the any rerouted trip. The 16G Charles Street, while running on much of the former 16F Charles Street routing, was not related to the old 16F route.

Garages assigned to the 16G:

Ross Division - 04/17/88 - 12/12/88

Destination Signs:

Route ran with window cards and destination signs.

As this was only a temporary route, only the buses with electronic signs had the sign reading. All other buses used strictly window cards.


Inbound - Wilson Avenue at Charles Street via Charles Street, Brighton Road, North Avenue, Federal Street, North Commons, West Commons, South Commons, Sandusky Street, 7th Street Bridge, 7th Street, Penn Avenue to Stanwix.

Outbound - Penn Avenue at Stanwix via Stanwix, Ft. Duquesne Blvd., 6th Street Bridge, Federal Street, South Commons, East Commons, North Commons, Federal Street, North Avenue, Arch, Jacksonia, Brighton Road, Charles Street, Perrysville Avenue, Burgess, Chester, Wilson Avenue to Charles Street.

Certain trips would loop around Allegheny Square West in a round-about routing that appeared to be outbound only - Regular route to North Commons, East Commons, Allegheny Square West, East Commons, Ridge, Arch to cross over North Avenue and then via regular route.

A one way trip on the regular routing took approximately 20 minutes.

Route Highlights:

  • Started: 04/17/88 (effective with the schedule)

  • Ended: 12/12/88 (effective with the 12/13/88 schedule)

  • Service operated Monday through Saturday with no Sunday or holiday service.

  • This was a temporary emergency service with no plans on making the route permanent.

  • The 16G lasted approximately 8 months. As no timetable was given for how long repairs would take on the Swindell Street Bridge, PAT created the route as a main route to Downtown rather than a shuttle route to Brighton Road.

  • The odd Allegheny Square West routing was also done by certain trips on the 16F City View. It appeared to be an outbound only routing.

  • Some believe the route name was given based on the previous 16F Charles Street route for nostalgia sake but no documentation can be found to support that theory.

Schedules (Known PAT issued schedules are listed):

The 16G had 1 distinct schedule style issued.

The 16G was assigned folder R-4 and shared a schedule with the 6B, 6C, 6D and 16F.

R-4K - 04/17/88
R-4L - ?

Only 2 schedules were issued for the 16G.

Route Disposition:

The 16G was discontinued when the Swindell Street Bridge was reopened and the regular routing of the 16F City View occurred.

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The route map (highlighted) and time table for the 16G.

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This page was updated on November 08, 2006

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