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69A Swisshelm Park

Route 69A came into PAT's route structure from the former Pittsburgh Railways Company (PRCo) bus route number 72 with the same name. Prior to that the route could trace its roots back to the 218 Swisshelm Park feeder route which started November 4, 1946. Its main purpose when created was to serve as a feeder route for the PRCo trolley lines 64 and 67 from the Swisshelm Park community.

Garages assigned to the 69A:

Homewood Garage - 03/01/64 - 07/08/72
East Liberty Division - 07/09/72 - 09/05/72

Destination Signs:

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Route ran with window cards as well as regular destination signs. The 1800 series coaches that PAT purchased in 1965 had many of the lesser known feeder routes on it including the 69A.


Routing from Noble and Washington Streets via Noble Street to Waverly Street, Braddock Avenue, Church Avenue, Monongahela Avenue, Schoyer Avenue, Oakgrove Avenue, Harrison Avenue, Nevada Street, Whipple Street, Pocono Street to Philander Street.

Routing from Pocono and Philander Streets via Philander Street, Love Street, Whipple Street, Nevada Street, Harrison Avenue, Oakgrove Avenue, Schoyer Avenue, Monongahela Avenue, Church Avenue, Braddock Avenue, Waverly Street, Noble Street to Washington Street.

Approximate one way trip time was 8 minutes.


64 - Wilkinsburg - East Pittsburgh (Rail)
67 - Swissvale - Rankin - Braddock (Rail)
65E - North Braddock - Swissvale
68G - Swissvale Express

Route Highlights:

  • Started 03/01/64 (PAT acquisition date of PRCo - Actual route renumbering from PRCo 72 to PAT 69A is not currently known).

  • Ended 09/05/72 due to low ridership.

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

Schedules (Known PAT issued schedules are listed):

The 69A had 3 distinct styles of schedules.

The schedules from the Homewood Garage were folder PM-25 and were a schedule card with only the 69A on it. By 1967, the route was incorporated into the 68B, 68D, 68G, 65D, 65E, 65G, 65J schedule under folder PH-7 and was both a plain white, early PAT style fold out schedule and later a 5 panel paper fold out in the late 60's era style schedule.

PH-25A - 01/17/65
PH-25B - 09/04/66
PH-7D - ?
PH-7E - ?
PH-7F - ?
PH-7G - ?
PH-7H - ?
PH-7J - ?
PH-7K - ?
PH-7L - ?
PH-7M - ?
PH-7N - ?
PH-7P - ?
PH-7Q - ?
PH-7R - ?
PH-7S - 04/18/71
PH-7T - ?
PH-7U - ?
PH-7V - 04/16/72

East Liberty Division schedules were E-5 and were the of the late 60's style and were a 5 panel fold out schedule.

E-5A - 07/09/72

There may have been a few PAT schedules issued prior to PH-25A as the very early schedules tended not to have folder numbers and/or were reissued former operator schedules.

Route Disposition:

The 69A route was discontinued on 9/5/72. Limited service to cover the area was added to the 68G Swissvale Express route as a route deviation on a trial basis with a slightly different routing.

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The route map for the 69A, one of the early schedules and the announcement of the end of the 69A route in the 68G schedule.

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