Port Authority

Port Authority of Allegheny County provides public transportation services throughout a 775 square-mile area that includes Pittsburgh and its suburbs throughout Allegheny County.

The Authority’s 2,700 employees operate, maintain and support bus, light rail, incline and paratransit services each day to about 220,000 riders.

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

Today, Port Authority’s fleet includes about 860 buses (including 48 mini-buses) and 83 light rail vehicles (LRVs). The Authority also owns two inclines. The Authority operates the Monongahela Incline, which not only serves daily commuters but is a significant tourist stop. The Authority leases the  Duquesne Incline to The Society for the Preservation of the Duquesne Heights Incline. The Port Authority has made great strides in modernizing and expanding its bus fleet, reducing the average age of the fleet to 8.05 years. The Authority also operates 26 hybrid electric buses.

Port Authority plays an increasingly significant role in economic development efforts and community vitality within Pittsburgh and throughout Allegheny County’s communities. Their Downtown subway stations have benefited major employers seeking direct access to commuter transportation on weekdays and weekends. The East Busway is playing a significant role in the burgeoning development pockets near the Negley and East Liberty stations. More development proposals are emerging at locations along our T lines.

Ultimately, the Port Authority will consolidate outdated and underused routes to offer riders better and more reliable options. A new route naming system will be adopted to make the system simpler and easier to decipher for new riders and visitors, as well as current riders seeking new ways to travel across the area. The changes will make Port Authority more efficient and protect its ability to receive maximum levels of state and federal funding.

Ways to Save

You can save HUNDREDS of dollars a month by utilizing public transportation. See for yourself! Just plug the numbers into their Commuter Savings Calculator.

Take advantage of Rider Rewards. Turn your weekly or monthly Port Authority pass into a valuable coupon you can redeem at a variety of local businesses. Just show them your pass and they’ll show you the savings!