The original 5N route came into PAT's
route structure as a 60 day limited service trial route between Indianola and the Murphy's
Mart in Harmarville. The purpose was to provide a direct bus link from Indianola to
shopping in Harmarville and connections to routes into Pittsburgh. The 5N number was
reincarnated in 1989 for a short time as the 5N New Kensington Bridge Shuttle. The two 5N
routes were completely unrelated.
Garages assigned to the 5N:
- Harmar Division - 02/25/74 - 08/30/74
Route ran strictly with window cards.
We are still investigating the readings for the signs but the above is
representative of what you would have seen for the route.
The routing is currently unknown at the Indianola end but would have
gone from the Murphy's Mart Plaza in Harmarville to Indianola Road (Route 910) to
Indianola. We are researching the routing once the 5N reached Indianola.
A one way trip on the regular routing took approximately 10 minutes.
Started: 02/25/74 as a trial route.
Ended: 08/30/74 due to low ridership.
It is not currently known for sure what days the 5N operated. It is
assumed it was Monday through Friday with no Saturday, Sunday or Holiday service.
Saturday service may have run, it is currently being researched further.
The 5N was started as a 60 day trial route but lasted 6 months. At
that period of time, when PAT had no qualms about cutting unproductive routes, the
ridership must have met minimum accepted standards for a few months at least.
Based on the fact that the route was listed as a limited service
route, it is assumed that service was at most hourly but more likely one trip every few
hours and may have been handled by diverting a bus that was going to or from Harmar Garage
to handle the occaisional trip on the 5N.
Schedules (Known PAT issued schedules are listed):
No schedules are known to exist. Most likely the schedule was issued as
a schedule card with no folder number.
Route 5N was discontinued due to low ridership. No other routes are
known to have picked up any of the service.
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A route map will be added once the Indianola end of the routing is