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
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
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
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
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
- 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
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.