Route 20A originated from the former J.M. Furguson line that
served more or less as a school and feeder bus line in Ben Avon Heights. The route was
acquired on March 31, 1964. Its main function was to connect Ben Avon Heights to the
various schools in the area as well as provide transportation to the workers (maids) that
had jobs in Ben Avon Heights. PAT operated the route similar to how it always had been
with the exception of how the fares were handled.
Garages assigned to the 20A:
- Ohio Valley Region (Coraopolis) - March 31, 1964 through 1966
- Manchester Garage - 1966 through March 30, 1968
- Ross Division - March 31, 1968 through 1970
None. When the route was in service the 20A ran with window cards
however in 1977 there were an order of signs made that included the then long discontinued
Dickson at Church Avenue, Perrysville, Banbury, Clovelly, Oxford,
Norwood, City View, Valleyview, Ridge to Norwood, Oxford, Clovelly, Banbury, Wilson,
Doven, Penhurst to Wilson, Banbury, Perrysville, Dickson, Church to Center, Locust,
Walnut, North, Center to Church, Ridge, Dickson to Church.
From 1964 to 1965, there were a few trips that were extended to Beaver
and Ohio River Blvd for transfer to the 16A/18A. That was eliminated by September 5, 1965
- 6/13 - Emsworth car line (along Church and Center)
- 17B - Avalon via Shadeland Avenue (along Church and Center)
- 16B - Emsworth (along Church and Center)
- 16A/18A - Aliquippa (1 block walk from Sacred Heart School)
The 20A did not have Saturday or Holiday service. It did have Sunday
service from March 31, 1964 through 1965 when it was discontinued for lack of patronage.
November 30, 1964 - First PAT schedule issued for the 20A (Folder
September 5, 1965 - Service was greatly reduced on the route from 18
trips a day to 7 trips a day.
September 5, 1967 - Service was reduced from 7 trips a day to 5 trips
August 31, 1969 - Service was eliminated on the Wilson-Devon-Penhurst
Loop portion of the route.
September 8, 1969 - Service was restored to the Wilson-Devon-Penhurst
Loop portion of the route at the request of the ridership
??/??/1970 - Route was eliminated. We are currently trying to locate
the exact date of route abandonment.
Schedules (Known PAT issued schedules are listed:
The 20A had 2 distinct schedule types issued.
Ohio Valley Region issued schedules were plain card stock and were
- OV-3A - 11/30/64 - Same folder revised 12/07/64
- OV-3B - 09/05/65 - Same folder revised 09/12/65
- OV-3C - ?
Manchester Garage issued schedules were also plain card stock and were
- PM-29A - 09/04/66
- PM-29B - 09/05/67
Ross Division issued schedules were 2 panel paper fold out schedules
and were folder R-11. The 20A schedule was combined with the 17B and 16B to Emsworth
schedules in the same folder.
- R-11A - 04/01/68 - May have been K-11A dtd 03/31/68. Currently researching.
- R-11B - 09/01/68
- R-11C - 10/09/68
- R-11D - 01/01/69 - Same folder revised 02/23/69
- R-11E - 08/31/69 - Same folder revised 09/11/69
- R-11F - 11/13/69
The 20A was more or less absorbed into the existing 17B Avalon via
Shadeland Avenue to Ben Avon Heights service. Although the 17B was not on the exact same
routing nor did it provide direct school connections, ridership in the area wasn't high
enough to warrant the more specialized service that the former 20A provided.
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The route map for the 20A and the first PAT issued schedule for the