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4E North Park to Skating Rink

Route 4E came into PAT's route structure in a roundabout way from the Pittsburgh Railways Company. Started 8 months after PAT acquired PRCo, the route actually can trace its roots back to a seasonal route that PRCo started on 07/15/1933. PRCo's 10A Millvale - North Park route was discontinued at an undetermined date, best guess is in the 50's. Although PAT's 4E and the PRCo 10A operated at different seasons, PAT in the winter and PRCo in the summer, the basic route and concept were very similar to each other.

Garages assigned to the 4E:

Manchester Garage - 11/06/64 - 03/??/65

Destination Signs:

Route ran with window cards only.


To North Park - Millvale Loop, Evergreen Road to Babcock Blvd, McKnight Road past Northway Mall, Babcock Blvd, Pearce Mill Road to North Park Skating Rink.

To Millvale Loop - North Park Skating rink to Pearce Mill Road, Babcock Blvd, McKnight Road, Babcock Blvd, Evergreen Road to Millvale Loop.

A one way trip on the regular routing took approximately 25 minutes.

Route Highlights:

  • Started: 11/06/64

  • Ended: 03/??/65 (approximate date of skating rink closure for the winter season).

  • The 4E ran Fridays through Sundays and selected holidays.

  • The 4E was tied in closely to the 1F Millvale with schedules showing downtown boarding times for the 1F and transfer times to the 4E.

  • The 4E had a different fare structure with fares being 50 cents plus the then standard 5 cent transfer if coming from the 1F or another route to the 4E.

  • The route was discontinued as the skating rink closed for the season. No records indicate that the service resumed for the 1965-66 skating season under the 4E designation. Although there have been services to the rink following similar routings over the years, there has been no official route designation on those besides listing it as a special or shuttle.

  • The 4E was not a limited stop service between the Millvale Loop and North Park. It made all local stops along the route and was not really classified as a special or shuttle that would allow it to make only limited stops.

  • PRCo also ran another seasonal route called the 10 North Park which originated in Pittsburgh and ran to North Park. The PRCo 10A was actually a spin off of the PRCo 10 service. Logically one would think PAT would send the 4E into town as the original 10 route went (possibly as a 6E) instead of having it originate at the end of the Millvale line and then making passengers transfer. As the 10 route lasted until PAT's takeover and the 10A was eliminated for low ridership many years prior, the reimplementation of the 10A structure by PAT was a little odd.

Schedules (Known PAT issued schedules are listed):

The 4E only had one schedule issued with no folder number assigned. It was an early PAT style, 4 panel schedule on white paper. No other schedules or schedule cards are known to have been produced.

Route Disposition:

The 4E was discontinued in 1965 when the North Park Skating Rink closed for the season. Over the years similar services were offered but as a shuttle or special service operation without an assigned route number.

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The schedule for the 4E. The 4E route map will be added after it is drawn up as no route map is currently available.

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This page was updated on November 08, 2006

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