Route 69B came into PAT's route
structure from the former Pittsburgh
Railways Company (PRCo) bus route number 74 with the same name. Prior to that the route could trace it's roots back to the 225 Atwood Street feeder route which started September 9, 1951 and had originated from the old rail route 81 Atwood that was abandoned. It's main purpose was to serve as a feeder route for the communities near Forbes Street (Avenue).
Garages assigned to the 69B:
- Homewood Garage - 03/01/64 - 01/14/67
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 69B.
Round Trip Routing: Forbes and Atwood Streets via Atwood Street, Bates Street, Semple Street, Ward Street, Frazier Street, Dawson Street, Atwood Street to Forbes Street.
Approximate one way trip time was 10 minutes.
Started: 03/01/64 (PAT acquisition date of PRCo).
Ended: 01/14/67 when merged with PAT route 84A.
Route ran 7 days a week.
For the most part, 30 foot coaches ran the 69B but an
occasional 35 footer would appear.
Schedules (Known PAT issued schedules are listed):
These schedules were a single panel, card stock and printed by PAT instead of sending out to a professional printer.
- PH-17A - 11/22/64
- PH-17B - 04/18/65
- PH-17C - ?
There may have been a few PAT schedules issued prior to PH-17A as the
very early schedules tended not to have folder numbers and/or were reissued former
The 69B route was eliminated by name only and service was merged into the 84A Herron Hill - Oakland route effective 01/15/67. A special destination sign reading for the Atwood Street service was used which read 84A To Atwood Street. The 84A To Atwood Street was later changed to the 84B Atwood on 02/10/80.
The route map for the 69B is highlighted from a later 84A
schedule. The routing shown for the 84A via Bates and Oakland Street was
initiated after the 69B was merged into the 84A when many of the Oakland
streets became one-way. There was a small loop available at the end of
Atwood Street at Forbes Street where buses could turn around.