Pittsburgh streetcar system map, 1954
Pittsburgh faced the same pressures as the other cities in this book after World War II: suburbanization, urban renewal, and the freeway era. Unusually, the metropolis’s transit operator, Pittsburgh Railways, had chosen to go all-in on modernizing its streetcar system instead of introducing buses wholesale. Over 600 state of the art streetcars operated on Pittsburgh’s streets at this time. But it was not to last: the streetcar network had suffered from poor maintenance, and by 1963, the Port Authority of Allegheny County would take over the whole system and rapidly convert all but the South Hills lines to bus.
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