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Library (PAT station)

Library
Pittsburgh Light Rail
Location Brownsville Road and Pleasant Street, South Park, PA
Coordinates
Owned by Port Authority
Line(s)
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Connections Bus connection with MMVTA Route A
Construction
Structure type at-grade
Parking 430 spaces
Disabled access Yes
History
Opened 1953
Rebuilt 2004
Services
Preceding station   The "T"   Following station
toward Allegheny
Blue Line – Library Terminus

Library is a station on the Port Authority of Allegheny County's light rail network, located in the Library neighborhood of South Park, Pennsylvania.[1] It is the southern terminus of the Library branch of the Blue Line. A 430 space park and ride lot is located on the premises, drawing travelers from both South Park and Pittsburgh's suburbs in Washington County, located just to the south. Despite the station's name there is no lending library near the train station, in the past many riders have been confused into thinking there was an actual library there.

History

The Pittsburgh Railways interurban line from Charleroi to Pittsburgh was opened through South Park on September 12, 1903, with passengers changing at Castle Shannon to continue their journey to Downtown via the Pittsburgh and Castle Shannon Railroad.[2] It was cut back to Library in 1953, with a turnaround loop for the single-ended PCC's that operated on the line. In the late 1980s, new light rail vehicles began to use the line. These new cars had larger, articulated bodies, and were thus unable to negotiate the loop. Moreover, these cars were double-ended, eliminating the need for such turn-around facilities. In 2004, the loop was removed and a new, larger station was built to better accommodate the light rail cars.[3]

References

  1. ^ Official Port Authority information page
  2. ^ John Baxter (July 1952). Electric Railroads, Number Twenty. Lackawanna Terminal, Hoboken, New Jersey: Electric Railroaders Association, Inc. Retrieved 6 June 2009. 
  3. ^ Roger T. DuPuis II (18 February 2002). "Pittsburgh Railways Online - PCC and Light Rail History: 1936-1999". Retrieved 12 August 2009. 

External links

  • Port Authority T Stations Listings
  • Station from Google Maps Street View


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