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52 Allentown (bus)

Route 52 Allentown bus route came into PAT's route structure as a temporary replacement bus for the 52 Allentown rail service during the reconstruction of New Arlington Avenue by the City of Pittsburgh between 1986 and 1993. As this was a temporary situation, the route retained the rail route number and was not incorporated into the bus route numbering structure.

Garages assigned to the 52:

Collier Division - 11/24/86 - 10/30/93

Destination Signs:

Route with window cards for all buses as well as with destination signs only on buses equipped with electronic signs.


Initial routing inbound - South Hills Junction to Warrington Avenue, New Arlington Avenue, Carson Street, Smithfield Street Bridge, Ft. Pitt Blvd, Wood Street, Oliver Avenue, Smithfield Street.

Initial routing outbound - Smithfield Street to Smithfield Street Bridge, Carson Street, New Arlington Avenue, Warrington Avenue, South Hills Junction.

Construction routing inbound - South Hills Junction, Warrington Avenue, Mt. Oliver Street, South 18th Street, East Carson Street, 10th Street Bridge, Second Avenue, Blvd. of the Allies, Wood Street to Oliver Avenue.

Construction routing outbound - Oliver Avenue to Smithfield Street, Blvd. of the Allies, Second Avenue, 10th Street Bridge, East Carson Street, South 18th Street, Mt. Oliver Street, Warrington Avenue to South Hills Junction.

A one way trip on the regular adjusted routing took approximately 19 minutes and on the construction reroute trips took appoximately 25 minutes.

Route Highlights:

  • Started: 11/24/86 as a temporary replacement during rail construction.

  • Ended: 10/30/93 due to restoration of the 52 rail line.

  • The 52 ran only Monday through Friday with no weekend or holiday service.

  • The 52 had 14 round trips scheduled daily, Monday through Friday.

  • This was a temporary replacement route for the 52 Allentown streetcar.

Schedules (Known PAT issued schedules are listed):

The 52 had 2 distinct styles of schedules.

Collier Division schedules issued for the 52 were folder C-22 and initially were a single panel light card stock. It appeared that there were a second issue that were reprinted and quickly made. The printing is not crisp and clear but still carried the C-22A folder number. The schedule reissue size varied due to how they were cut to size and many were off center. The second style was of the late 80's era schedule style and was a 2 panel fold out schedule.

C-22A - 11/24/86
C-22B - ?
C-22C - ?
C-22D - 09/10/89
C-22E - ?
C-22F - ?

Route Disposition:

The 52 bus route was discontinued by the restoration of rail service on the 52 rail line.

The 52 route designation is held in reserve for future use if needed for emergency bus service if the 52 rail line is closed for repairs or road work.

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Route map of the 52 after construction had started.

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This page was updated on November 08, 2006

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