Route 46E came into PAT's route
structure in 1964 from Brentwood
Motor Coach Company route 9. Brentwood route 9 started in 1939 as E. Brookline via
Whited. Set up from the beginning the route was designed as a faster way to the Brookline
area even though it ran as a regular route and not as an express route.
Garages assigned to the 46E:
- Brentwood Garage - 03/04/64 - 06/28/69
- Collier Division - 06/29/69 - 02/19/77
Example of a split sign inbound reading
Example of a split sign outbound reading
Example of a typical full size sign
Split signs and full size signs were similar to the
examples shown above.
The 46E also had window cards which were used.
Original Inbound - Brookline Blvd at Pioneer to Jacob, Whited, Saw Mill
Run Blvd, Liberty Tunnels and Bridge, Blvd of the Allies, Smithfield, 6th Ave.
Original Outbound - 6th Ave. at Smithfield to Liberty Bridge and
Tunnels, Saw Mill Run Blvd, Whited, Jacob, Brookline Blvd to Pioneer.
After 11/21/75 the routing was changed as follows:
New Inbound - Brookline Blvd at Pioneer to Jacob, Whited, Saw Mill Run
Blvd, Warrington, South Hills Junction Ramp by the Overbrook trolley line, Mt. Washington
Transit Tunnel, Smithfield Street Bridge, Smithfield, Liberty, Wood, Ft. Pitt Blvd to
Smithfield Street Bridge.
New Outbound - Smithfield Street Bridge at Ft. Pitt Blvd to Mt.
Washington Transit Tunnel, South Hills Junction Ramp by the Overbrook trolley line,
Warrington, aw Mill Run Blvd, Whited, Jacob, Brookline Blvd to Pioneer.
Approximate one way trip time: 30 minutes original routing.
Approximate one way trip time: 35 minutes transit tunnel routing.
- All routes in Downtown Pittsburgh
- 41D - Brookline
- 41A - Dormont - Sunset
- BP - Brookline - Pioneer Tunnel Flyer
Schedules (Known PAT issued schedules are listed):
There were 4 distinct schedules issued for the 46E.
Brentwood Garage schedules were folder B-1. Early schedules were 2
panel white paper fold out stype schedule and the later ones were the more standard 60's
era type schedule which was a 5 panel paper fold out schedule. The 46E was combined in
with the 41D Brookline in the same schedule.
- B-1A - 08/30/64 (Corrected to 10/19/64)
- B-1B - 12/10/64
- B-1C - ?
- B-1D - ?
- B-1E - ?
- B-1F - ?
- B-1G - 11/27/66 (Corrected to 11/28/66 and further corrected to 01/03/67)
- B-1H - 04/23/67
- B-1J - 06/04/67 (Corrected to 07/18/67)
- B-1K - 09/03/67
- B-1L - 02/04/68
- B-1M - 06/30/68
- B-1N - 09/01/68
- B-1P - 01/01/69 (Redesigned into a 3 panel fold out schedule)
Collier Division Schedules were folder C-11 and of the original 60's
era style and matched that of B-1P and in 1974 changed appearance into the MOD era
schedule design, also being a 3 panel paper fold out schedule. The 46E shared a folder
with the 41D and starting in 1973, with the BP Flyer.
- C-11A - 06/29/69 - Reprinted without changes *
- C-11B - 11/23/69
- C-11C - 02/08/70
- C-11D - 05/03/70
- C-11E - 06/21/70
- C-11F - 11/01/70 - Reprinted without changes *
- C-11G - ?
- C-11H - 01/02/72
- C-11J - 07/09/72
- C-11K - 09/03/72
- C-11L - ?
- C-11M - 11/18/73 - BP Flyer added
- C-11N - 05/12/74 - Reprinted without changes *
- C-11P - 11/24/74
- C-11Q - 04/20/75
- C-11R - ?
- C-11S - ?
- C-11T - 08/01/76
Started: 03/04/64 (Brentwood takeover date)
Ended 02/19/77 - Researching the exact date the route was changed to
Route ran only in peak periods, Monday through Friday with no weekend
or holiday service.
For most of the route's existence, the route ran 3 inbound and 3
outbound trips a day. This was increased to 4 inbound and 6 outbound trips in 1976. As
originally incorporated into PAT's structure, the 46E ran 3 inbound and 6 outbound trips
and these were reduced to the 3 & 3 in the late 1960's
The only routing change occurred on 11/21/75 when trips began using
the Mt. Washington Transit Tunnel.
There were no times listed in the schedule for the reverse trip but
the map starting on August 1, 1976 showed the reverse trip for the 46E as going via West
Liberty Avenue. There was also a full size sign showing 46E East Brookline via West
Liberty Avenue. This was part of PAT's cost cutting method of the time to make the routes
more efficient by keeping the buses in service while heading to and from a route.
Although scheduled trip times appeared longer by taking the transit
tunnel, it was actually quicker since the buses were able to bypass the heavily congested
Liberty Bridge and Tunnels which frequently made the buses late.
Route was changed to the EB East Brookline Red Flyer effective with
the 02/20/77 schedule with no change in routing.
Route was changed to the EB East Brookline Red Flyer effective with the
02/20/77 schedule (C-11U) with no change in service.
Click on images for larger view
Route map on left shows the original routing, the middle map shows the
revised routing after the Mt. Washington Transit Tunnel was opened for bus traffic. The
right shows an early schedule.