Mon Incline alternatives exist during renovations
Last updated 9/7/2015 at 6:01pm
Riders still may reach the scenic Mount Washington overlooks and the Shiloh Street business district even though the Monongahela Incline will be shut down during an improvement project starting today, September 8.
The 40 Mount Washington bus route and special bus shuttles will provide frequent service while the Mon Incline is closed for about 12 weeks.
“The closure will present challenges, however we also see this as an opportunity for guests to enhance their experience while visiting Mount Washington,” said Laura Guralnick, economic development director at the Mount Washington Community Development Corporation. “We encourage people to take a short stroll down Grandview Avenue from the Duquesne Incline to the Shiloh Street business district to enjoy breathtaking views of Downtown.”
Transit options during the closure include:
• Shuttle service between the upper and lower Monongahela Incline stations, operating during the regularly scheduled incline service hours.
• The G2 West Busway route that runs between Downtown and Carnegie, providing service to the lower Duquesne Incline South Shore West station at Carson Street. After riding up the Duquesne Incline, riders can take the Route 40 to the nearby Shiloh Street business district.
“As with any major project, the Mon Incline closure will disrupt service, but Port Authority wants to remind riders that they have other transit options,” Port Authority CEO Ellen McLean said. “There are convenient ways for daily commuters and visitors to get to Mt. Washington to enjoy everything the community has to offer.”
Since its opening on May 28, 1870, the Mon Incline has transported millions of passengers while giving riders access to some of the most beautiful views of Pittsburgh.
To restore this historic landmark, Port Authority will make replacements to rail and safety cables, and refurbish the incline cars and stations.