Route 79C came into PAT's route
structure in 1964 from the Burrelli
Transit Service route, Wilkinsburg-Maplewood. The route can be traced back to Burrelli
to late 1949 when the owner of the company took over routes from a small independent
operator called Miller Bus Lines which went out of business in 1949. The official PUC
transfer of this route from the former Miller operation to the Burrelli operation occurred
on August 15, 1950. It is not currently known how long Miller Bus Lines operated the
Garages assigned to the 79C:
- Homewood Garage - 03/16/64 - 07/08/72
- East Liberty Division - 07/09/72 - ??/??/75
None. When the route was in service the 79C ran with window cards.
From Maplewood at Grand to Mill, McKee, Foliage, Ewing, James, Coal,
Maple, Swissvale, Wallace, Hay, Penn, Peebles, Ross, Trenton to Penn.
From Trenton at Penn to Hay, Ross, Swissvale, Maple, Coal, Grand to
Approximate one way trip time was 15 minutes.
- 67/68A - Monroeville
- 67C - Wilkinsburg
- 67E - Greensburg Pike
- 69C - Regent Square
- 79A - Blackridge
- 79B - Churchill Valley
Started: 03/16/64 (Burrelli takeover date)
Ended: ??/??/75 - Currently locating the elimination date
Route ran only in peak periods, Monday through Friday with no weekend
or holiday service.
Schedules (Known PAT issued schedules are listed):
There were 3 distinct schedules issued for the 79C.
Homewood issued the 79C schedule as a schedule card under folder PH-32
between 1965 and 1967. Starting in 1968, the schedule was combined with the existing 69C,
79A and 79B under folder PH-20 which was a 2 panel paper fold out schedule.
- PH-32A - 09/05/65
- PH-32B - ?
- PH-32C - ?
- PH-32D - 09/04/66
- PH-32E - ?
- PH-32F - 09/05/67
- PH-20? - ? - Researching when the 79C was added to PH-20
- PH-20J - ?
- PH-20K - ?
- PH-20L - 12/13/70
- PH-20M - ?
- PH-20N -
- PH-20P - 02/06/72
East Liberty Division Schedules were folder E-9. The 79C shared a
schedule with the 69C, 79A and 79C and it was a 2 panel fold out schedule in both the 60's
era and MOD era schedule design.
- E-9A - 07/09/72
- E-9B - ?
- E-9C - 10/15/72
- E-9D - ?
- E-9E - 09/02/73
- E-9F - ?
- E-9G - 09/01/74
- E-9H - 11/24/74
Route was discontinued in 1975 as a cost cutting move due to low
ridership. Very limited service was still provided to the area through a new extention of
the 67E. The E-9 schedules continued show the Maplewood service but as the revised 67E
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The route map for the 79C, an early example of one of the schedules and
a later example of how the 79C schedule was displayed in the public time table.