Route 50A could trace
back to the former Mon Valley
Bus Company which was part of the Noble J. Dick Lines out of Large, PA. Prior to the
Mon Valley Bus Company, the route can be traced as far back as 1923 when a line was
created by the Clairton City Bus which connected Clairton and Wilson Newtown. An extension
of the original line was added in 1940 to serve the new Colonial Village development in
Clairton and the route then adopted the Colonial Village - Wilson Newtown name. Officially
this was the Mon Valley Bus Company Route 3.
Garages assigned to the 50A:
- Brentwood Garage - 06/26/64 - 03/30/68
- McKeesport Garage - 03/31/68 - 06/15/68
Route ran with window cards and destination signs. The
50A also showed up on the full size signs for the area in 1969 but wasn't used as the
route had been discontinued.
The above is typical of what you would have seen for the 50A. The only
other possible combination on the split sign readings was a "To Clairton"
reading but most likely ran with the "coach" reading.
Routing to Colonial Village - Ohio Avenue at North 6th Street via North
6th Street, Pennsylvania Avenue, New York Avenue, Aster Way, Delaware Street, North 6th
Street, Walnut Avenue, North State Street (Rt 885), St. Clair Avenue, Miller Avenue,
Thompson Avenue, Pine Lane, Woodland Avenue to St. Clair Avenue.
Alternate routing to Woodland Terrace - Ohio Avenue at North 6th Street
via North 6th Street, Pennsylvania Avenue, New York Avenue, Aster Way, Delaware Street,
North 6th Street, Walnut Avenue, North State Street (Rt 885), St. Clair Avenue, Miller
Avenue, Thompson Avenue, Pine Lane, Soltice Drive, Woodland Avenue to St. Clair Avenue.
Routing to Wilson Newtown (regular and alternate) - Woodland Avenue at
St. Clair Avenue to North State Street (Rt 885), Walnut Avenue, North 4th Street, Carnegie
Avenue, Pennsylvania Avenue, North 6th Street, Pennsylvania Avenue, Ohio Avenue to North
A one way trip on the regular routing took approximately 20 minutes and
on the alternate routing took approximately 25 minutes.
Started: 06/26/64 (Date of Mon Valley acquisition)
The 50A ran only Monday through Saturday with no Sunday or holiday
Colonial Village and Woodland Terrace service was closely linked to
the 50B Glassport and both routes served much of the same routing.
Schedules (Known PAT issued schedules are listed):
The 50A had one distinct schedule style from Brentwood, carrying folder
number B-10 and using the 60's era styling in a fold out schedule combined with the 50B,
50C. 50E and 50G.
- B-10A - 08/30/64
- B-10B - 05/20/65
- B-10C - 08/01/65 - Corrected to 11/28/65
- B-10E - 03/20/66
- B-10F - ?
- B-10G - 04/13/67
Schedules from the McKeesport garage carried folder number M-11 and was
combined with the existing 51E schedule as well as the 50B and 50C. This schedule was also
a fold out schedule of the 60's era styling.
- M-11D - 03/31/68
There may have been schedules issued prior to B-10A as very early
schedules were simply reprints of the former operator schedule.
The 50A was discontinued on 06/15/68 with service being picked up by
limited service to Wilson Newtown on the 50B effective 06/16/68. Service in the Colonial
Village/Woodland Terrace area was already served by the 50B.
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Route map of the 50A.