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34B Mt. Washington to North Side

Route 34B came into PAT's route structure from the former Pittsburgh Railways Company (PRCo) bus route number 32 Mt. Washington. The 32 was the 200 Mt. Washington feeder prior to PRCo renumbering the route and existed prior to October 1938. The purpose of the route, when created was not so much to serve as a feeder route but to connect communities to shopping and non-Downtown work locations.

Garages assigned to the 34B:

Manchester Garage - 03/01/64 - 03/30/68
Brentwood Garage - 03/31/68 - 06/28/69
Collier Division - 06/29/69 - 12/17/78
Ross Division - 12/18/78 - 08/30/81

Destination Signs:

1800 series example

AMG Example

AMG Example

Route ran with window cards and destination signs.

We are still investigating the readings for the signs but the above is representative of what you would have seen for the route.


Original routing from South Hills Jct. - Warrington to Estella, Ruxton, Craighead, Kathleen, Haberman, Bailey, Wyoming, Virginia, Woodruff, Saw Mill Run Blvd, Woodville, Wabash, Neptune, Sanctus, Main, West End Bridge, Western, Fontella, North to Allegheny Ave on the North Side.

Original Routing from North Side Allegheny and Western to West End Bridge, Stueben, Alexander, Neptune, Wabash, Woodville, Shaler, Saw Mill Run Blvd, Woodruff, Virginia, Wyoming, Bailey, Haberman, Kathleen, Craighead, Ruxton, Estella to Warrington Ave to South Hills Jct.

Change made on June 22, 1964 extending the route to serve the Monongahela Incline. Route change was as follows:

Regular route to Wyoming to Virginia to Shiloh to Grandview to Maple Terrace to Woodruff and then via regular routing on trips to the North Side.

Regular routing to Woodruff to Virginia to Wyoming to Grandview to Maple Terrace to Virginia to Wyoming then via regular routing on trips to South Hills Jct.

Another minor change occurred to the above routing around 1966 after the city changed a few streets into one way streets and the North Side trips went up Wyoming and the South Hills Juction trips went down Shiloh.

On June 22, 1970 the 34B extended the North Side portion of the route as follows:

Regular route to Western to Ridge to West Commons to Allegheny Square West on North bound trips.

Allegheny Square West to West Commons to Ridge to Western then via regular route on South bound trips.

02/20/77 Northbound - Regular route to West End Circle, Carson Street, Ft. Pitt and Ft. Duquesne Bridges, Ridge Avenue, Allegheny Avenue, Western Avenue to regular route.

02/27/77 Southbound - Regular route to Western Avenue, Allegheny Avenue, Ft. Duquesne and Ft. Pitt Bridges, Carson Street, Stueben Street to regular route.

03/14/77 - Route cut back to Mt. Washington at the Monongahela Incline.

A one way trip on the regular routing took approximately 27 minutes.

Route Highlights:

  • Started: 03/01/64 (PAT acquisition date of PRCo)

  • Ended: 08/30/81 due to low ridership

  • The 34B ran only Monday through Friday with no weekend or holiday service.

  • The 1964 routing change was from the closing of the Castle Shannon Incline to serve those incline riders at the Monongahela Incline.

  • The 1966 routing change resulted from the City of Pittsburgh changing some streets in the Mt. Washington area into one way streets.

  • The 1970 routing change was to serve the Allegheny Campus of the Allegheny County Community College and Allegheny Center Mall.

  • On 02/7/77, there apparently was some resistance to eliminating a couple of trips on the 34B as PAT issued a service change announcement specifically citing the little used trips were not economical and the removal of the trips was better than increasing the fares system-wide to keep them on.

  • Effective on the 02/20/77 schedule, the 34B had a detour imposed due to a weight restriction on the West End Bridge.

  • On 03/14/77 the route was temporarily cut back and ran only from the North Side to the Monongahela Incline due to traffic problems caused by the 02/20/77 emergency detour for the West End Bridge. A free Continued Trip or "CT" transfer was issued to riders so they could transfer between the 34B and 34C at the Monongahela Incline. The temporary cut back lasted until the route was discontinued.

  • 30 and 35 foot buses were the equipment used on the line due to the narrow streets in the Mt. Washington area.

  • The 34B was one of the few routes that connected communities in the North to communities in the South without transferring in Downtown. The 25B McKees Rocks Bridge and the 54C North Side - Oakland - South Side were a few of the others that did the same.

  • From the 1977 changes until the end, the route remained stable besides some time adjustments.

Schedules (Known PAT issued schedules are listed):

The 34B had 4 distinct styles of schedules issued during its existence.

The schedules from the Manchester Garage were folder PM-9 and were combined with the 34C and 44C schedule on the reverse of the 2 panel paper fold out schedule. The schedules were then changed to the standard 60's style appearance, combined with the 41E and 34C and redesignated as folder PM-27 in a 4 panel paper fold out schedule.

PM-9A - ?
PM-9B - 08/01/65
PM-9C - 06/26/66
PM-27A - 09/04/66
PM-27B - ?
PM-27C - 11/19/67

The schedules from Brentwood Garage were folder B-23 and were combined with the 41E and 34C in a 4 panel paper fold out schedule.

B-23A - 03/31/68
B-23B - 09/01/68
B-23C - 01/01/69

The schedules from Collier Division were folder C-12 and were combined with the 41E and 34C in a 4 panel paper fold out schedule. The schedules changed from the 60's style to the MOD era style schedule design in 1974.

C-12A - 06/29/69
C-12B - 08/31/69 - Reprinted without changes *
C-12C - 11/23/69
C-12D - 05/03/70
C-12E - 06/21/70 - Reprinted without changes *
C-12F - ?
C-12G - 06/27/71
C-12H - 11/14/71
C-12J - 07/09/72
C-12K - 09/03/72
C-12L - 01/07/73
C-12M - 04/01/73 - Reprinted without changes *
C-12N - 11/18/73
C-12P - 06/23/74 - Reprinted without changes *
C-12P - 03/23/75 - Should have been C-12Q - typo on schedule
C-12R - 10/12/75
C-12S - 03/01/76
C-12T - 07/04/76
C-12U - 11/07/76
C-12V - 02/20/77
C-12W - 03/13/77
C-12X - 06/19/77 - Reprinted without changes *
C-12Y - 11/20/77 - Reprinted without changes *
C-12Z - ?
C-12A - ?
C-12B - ?
C-12C - 06/18/78
C-12D - 11/19/78

The schedules from Ross Division were folder R-11 and were issued by themselves on a schedule card.

R-11A - 12/18/78

The schedules issued from Ross are not complete and will be added later.

There may have been a few PAT schedules issued prior to PM-9A as the very early schedules tended not to have folder numbers and/or were reissued former operator schedules. One was issued on 06/22/64 without a folder number.

Folder numbers did repeat after 22 schedules were issued. Letters I and O were not used as an issue letter.

Route Disposition:

The 34B was discontinued on August 30, 1981 due to lack of patronage. No replacement service was instituted besides the already existing 41E and 34C service in the Mt. Washington area.

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The route map for the 34B in the mid 1970's era.

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