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Agency Profile

Port Authority of Allegheny County provides public transportation throughout Pittsburgh and Allegheny County.

Port Authority articulated bus on the North Shore

The Authority's 2,600 employees operate, maintain and support bus, light rail, incline and paratransit services for approximately 200,000 daily riders.

Port Authority is currently focused on enacting a number of improvements to make service more efficient and easier to use. Numerous projects Port Authority light rail on the Panhandle Bridgeare either underway or in the planning stages, including implementation of smart card technologyreal-time vehicle tracking and on-street bus rapid transit.

Port Authority is governed by an 11-member Board of Directors – unpaid volunteers who are appointed by the Allegheny County Executive, leaders from both parties in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and Senate, and the Governor of Pennsylvania. The Board holds a monthly public meeting.

Port Authority's budget is funded by fare and advertising revenue, along with money from county, state and federal sources. The Authority's finances and operations are audited on a regular basis, both internally and by external agencies.

Port Authority began serving the community in March 1964. The Authority was created in 1959 when the Pennsylvania Legislature authorized the consolidation of 33 private transit carriers, many of which were failing financially. The consolidation included the Pittsburgh Railways Company along with 32 independent bus and inclined plane companies.

By combining fare structures and centralizing operations, Port Authority established the first unified transit system in Allegheny County.


Port Authority’s fleet includes more than 700 buses and more than 80 light rail vehicles. The Authority also owns two inclines. Port Authority operates the Monongahela Incline, which not only serves daily commuters but is a popular tourist attraction. The Authority leases the Duquesne Incline to the nonprofit Society for the Preservation of the Duquesne Heights Incline.

Port Authority also sponsors ACCESS, a door-to-door, advance reservation, shared-ride transportation program that primarily serves seniors and persons with disabilities.

Recently, Port Authority has made great strides in modernizing its bus fleet, with the goal of reducing the average vehicle age to 6 years. The Authority also operates 32 hybrid diesel-electric buses.


In fiscal year 2015 (beginning of July through the end of June), Port Authority served more than 214,000 riders on an average weekday. Total rides for FY2015 totaled almost 64 million. A closer look at the FY2015 ridership data:
  • Average weekday ridership systemwide: 214,607
  • Average weekday bus riders: 179,361
  • Average weekday T riders: 27,877
  • Average weekday ACCESS riders: 5,411
  • Average weekday Mon Incline riders: 1,958
  • Average Saturday ridership systemwide: 103,233
  • Average Sunday ridership systemwide: 64,792

Service Backbone

Port Authority owns and maintains an extensive network of transit properties and facilities throughout T System MapAllegheny County. This includes:

  • Three busways: The 4.3-mile South Busway, the 9.1-mile Martin Luther King, Jr. East Busway and the 5-mile West Busway.
  • Park and Ride: Lots and garages are available throughout Allegheny County, with many located along busways and T lines. We offer 54 locations with more than 14,000 parking spaces.
  • Light Rail: The T is a 26.2-mile light rail system that runs from the North Shore and Downtown Pittsburgh through Pittsburgh's southern neighborhoods and many South Hills suburbs. 
  • HOV Tunnel: The Wabash Tunnel provides a quick connection for motorists traveling between the Downtown/South Side area and the Route 51 corridor.
  • Monongahela Incline: The incline is a popular tourist attraction that also serves daily commuters. The upper station is in the city's Mt. Washington neighborhood and the lower station is located at Station Square, where riders may transfer to the T.

Economic Development Support

Port Authority plays an increasingly significant role in economic development efforts and community vitality within Pittsburgh and throughout Allegheny County's communities.

Most recently, light rail service was extended to the city's North Shore in March 2012, serving a rapidly developing area that is home to a number of educational, cultural, sports, entertainment and employment destinations. 
Our Downtown subway stations have benefited major employers seeking direct access to commuter transportation on weekdays and weekends. Along the East Busway, the areas surrounding Negley Station and East Liberty Station have also seen growth and revitalization. And more development proposals are emerging at other locations along our T lines.

As the community relies on Port Authority to make improvements, we continue to seek ways to improve how we serve riders and the community.

Mission Statement

To deliver outstanding transportation services that connect people to life

Vision Statement

To become America's premier public transportation company

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