Route 5J came into PAT's route
structure from the acquisition of New Kensington City Lines. The 5J could be classified more or less as
a deviation or short of the 5E Schafers and 5H Braeburn routes but given its own route
number. The route itself can be traced back to 1946 when Penn Transit started an
interurban bus line between New Kensington and Leechburg with the Marlborough Drive
portion as an extension of that line. New Kensington City Lines took over the operations
as a wholly owned subsidiary of Penn Transit in 1956.
Garages assigned to the 5J:
- Tarentum Garage - 03/02/64 - 12/13/70
Route ran with window cards and destination signs.
Regular routing to New Kensington - McLaughlin at Marlborough Drive via
Marlborough Drive, Craig Dell, Freeport Road, Drey, Victoria, Locust, 11th Street, Barnes
to 9th Street.
Regular Routing to Marlborough Drive - Barnes at 9th Street via 9th
Street, Constitution, McCargo, Ridge, Locust, Victoria, Drey, Freeport Road, Craig Dell,
Marlborough Drive, McLaughlin, Broadlawn, McLaughlin, to Marlborough Drive.
Certain trips went via Braeburn, via Schafers and a combination of the
Mill trips to the Alcoa Mill at 3rd and 15th Street in New Kensington
started January 26 ,1969.
A one way trip on the regular routing took approximately 12 minutes.
Started: 03/02/64 (PAT's acquisition of NKCL - actual redesignation
to 5J is not currently known).
Ended: 12/13/70 due to route restructuring in the New Kensington
The 5J ran Monday through Friday with no Saturday, Sunday or holiday
The 5J was closely tied into the 5E and 5H routes and operated many
trips as a deviation of those routes.
Schedules (Known PAT issued schedules are listed):
The 5J had 2 distinct schedule styles issued.
The schedules from the Tarentum Garage were folder AV-9 and were in the
early 60's style of plain white as well as the late 60's style. All were a 3 panel fold
out schedule and the 5J shared a folder with the 5E, 5F, 5G, 5H and 5D.
- AV-9A - 08/30/64 - Reissued without changes *
- AV-9B - 11/27/66 - Reissued without changes *
- AV-9C - ?
- AV-9D - ?
- AV-9E - ?
- AV-9F - ?
- AV-9G - 09/01/68
- AV-9H - 12/01/68
- AV-9J - 01/26/69
- AV-9L - 01/25/70
There may have been schedules issued prior to AV-9A and were typically
reprinted former operator schedules.
The 5J was discontinued effective 12/14/70 with the opening of Harmar
Garage and the associated route restructuring in the New Kensington area. The 5J service
was picked up by the 5E Schafers route as a deviation. No major changes in the service
occurred as the 5J was basically a deviation of the 5E route to start with.
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The route map for the 5J will be added soon.