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News of
The Duquesne Incline
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Also see - News Articles Regarding Incline History

Murphy, Kara. "Pittsburgh lives up to new nickname, Kidsburgh."
GoErie.com 2017 Feb. 19.
We got to the city mid-day Friday and headed straight for the four-floor Carnegie Science Center. The center, opened in 1991, is perched over the Ohio River on Pittsburgh's north shore. It is in the process of a $21 million expansion, which will include 14,000 additional feet of exhibit space when it is completed in spring 2018.
The next day we were off to the Children's Museum, also on Pittsburgh's north side...We all went "wow" when we turned a corner and found the "Garage," a former planetarium repurposed into a cavernous room of creative play.
We traveled from the museum to the Duquesne Incline, which the kids had watched go up and down the hill the day before from the windows of the Science Center.
By then, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History was getting ready to open and we squeezed what could have been easily an entire day of learning into two hours. The full-sized dinosaur skeletons were awesome, and the kids enjoyed getting hands-on time as paleontologists at the Bonehunters Quarry.
We also speed-walked through the adjoining Carnegie Museum of Art, with my 5-year-old tugging me forward chanting "this is boring, this is boring."

Brode, Noah. "Abandoned Knoxville Incline Faces New Future As Greenspace."
WESA-FM 90.5 Pittsburgh 2016 July 5.
On the site of a long-since demolished incline rail line, the proposed Knoxville Incline Greenway would encompass more than six acres of steep-sloped woodlands. The city-owned span of about 40 parcels includes an informal trail used by locals to traverse between hilltop neighborhoods and the South Side Slopes.
“So, if people are walking by, they’ll see that sign and they’ll have some idea of what happened on the site from 1880 to 1960,” Jette said. “And why it’s set aside and different from other hillside areas in the city.”

Walton, Michael. "Pittsburgh's Mon Incline open after yet another post-renovation closure."
Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh 2016 June 1.

"Port Authority formally approves new flat fare system in January."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2016 April 30.
One rider, Glenn Walsh, told the board the fare policy is a hidden increase of $1 for passengers on the Monongahela Incline because there no longer will be free transfers from certain bus routes to the incline. The transfer fee will be $1 for ConnectCard users and the full incline fare for cash customers. About 2,000 use the incline on weekdays and Sundays and about 3,500 on Saturdays. Riders who use transfers to feeder routes on busways also complained about the transfer fee or double fare during public hearings about the fare policy in March, but the authority didn’t change that provision.

"Statement before Board of Directors, Port Authority of Allegheny County: Proposed Incline Fare Increase." Public Statement
Glenn A. Walsh 2016 April 29.

"PAT Board Scheduled to Approve Hidden Fare Increase for Incline Riders." News Release.
Glenn A. Walsh 2016 April 28.

Cato, Jason. "Monongahela Incline out of service for 10th time since Nov. overhaul."
Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh 2016 March 15.
Mark McNally, general manager of the Duquesne Incline at the other end of Mt. Washington, said he interrupted service out of caution following a landslide in 2014 and for a state-mandated brake inspection in 2013.
As for a maintenance problem causing a shut down?
“I honestly can't tell you the last time that was,” said McNally, who has worked at the Duquesne Incline since the 1970s.
The Duquesne Incline, which has been operated by a nonprofit group since 1963, opened in 1877.
The Mon Incline opened seven years earlier. It has been owned and operated by the Port Authority since 1964.
The Duquesne Incline attracted about 640,000 riders last year — receiving a boost from the Mon Incline's three-month renovation, McNally said.
About 75 percent of those riders were tourists, he said.
The Port Authority [Mon Incline] had 814,000 riders in 2014, its last full year, but does not track the percentage of tourists versus daily riders, Brandolph said.

Walsh, Glenn A. "Response to Proposed Pittsburgh Transit Fare Policy Overhaul." Blog Post.
SpaceWatchtower 2016 March 12.
First, as I mentioned last month, free-of-charge Continuation Transfers should be retained, at least for the Inclines. Otherwise, this would be a clear fare increase for Incline riders, making Incline ridership to Downtown less attractive, and very possibly increasing crowding on rush-hour buses which serve Mount Washington.

Kovash, Sarah. "Public Weighs In On Port Authority's Single Fare Proposal."
WESA-FM 90.5 Pittsburgh 2016 Feb. 24.
Glenn Walsh, who lives in Mt. Lebanon and uses public transportation to get Downtown, said he worries the change will negatively affect the inclines.
“This is going to discourage incline ridership (and) make it more difficult for the inclines, particularly the Duquesne Incline, which is operated privately, to continue operating,” Walsh said.

Hasch, Michael. "Mt. Washington's Tin Angel to close May 30."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2015 May 11.
U.S. President Bill Clinton and British Prime Minister John Major met at the Tin Angel on Feb. 28, 1994, after riding on The Duquesne Incline.

Cohen, Ethan. "Fineview Citizens Council seeks historic designation for incline."
The Northside Chronicle On-Line 2011 Feb. 17 (Print edition: 2011 March).
Regards Fineview Citizen Council's initiative to have the remnants of the Nunnery Hill Incline declared a city historic artifact. News article includes photograph of Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation historic plaque for the North Side's other former inclined plane, the Troy Hill Incline.

Smith, Craig. "Duquesne Incline hero honored."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2008 Oct. 13.
Dedication of the David H. Miller Working Museum.

Twedt, Steve (with assistance of Joe Grata and Jan Ackerman).
"Obituary: David H. Miller / Retired engineer devoted to Duquesne Heights Incline."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2008 June 10.
Obituary of David H. Miller, who saved The Duquesne Incline.

Zapf, Karen. "Passionate engineer saved Duquesne Incline."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2008 June 9.
Obituary of David H. Miller, who founded Society for the Preservation of the Duquesne Heights Incline.

* "Duquesne Incline Listed As Romantic Spot."
KDKA-TV 2 2008 Feb. 13.
"The website MSN.com has listed the Duquesne Incline among its top ten romantic spots along side such landmarks as the Brooklyn Bridge and Niagara Falls."

* Petrucelli, Alan W. "A Fresh Look: Incline leaves him steeply impressed."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2008 Feb. 11.

* 2007 Nov. 16 - Incline Fare Increase January 1 --
The Administration and Finance Committee of the Board of Directors of the Port Authority of Allegheny County (PAT) tentatively approved, on November 16, a series of transit fare rate increases, slated to go into effect on 2008 January 1. Final approval by the entire PAT Board of Directors is expected on November 21.

This includes a 25-cent increase in The Duquesne Incline one-way fare, from the current fare of $1.75 to $2.00. While The Duquesne Incline is operated by the non-profit Society for the Preservation of the Duquesne heights Incline, The Duquesne Incline is legally owned by the Port Authority of Allegheny County per the Second Class County Port Authority Act, as amended, originally approved by the Pennsylvania General Assembly in 1959. Click here to learn more about why the fare of The Duquesne Incline will be increasing on January 1.

More details of PAT system-wide fare increase, scheduled for 2008 January 1 --

PAT News Releases: Link 1 *** Link 2

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On-Line: Bus, trolley fares to go up a quarter By Joe Grata and Jonathan D. Silver

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review On-Line: Port Authority proposes quarter increase in base fare By Jim Ritchie

* 2007 Sept. 13 - Pittsburgh City Paper:
Column: "You Had to Ask" By Chris Potter
How did the Marquis Duquesne, a long-ago governor-general of French Canada who as far as I know never set foot here, get so many things -- like a university, an old-boys' club and a now-defunct beer -- named after him?
Question submitted by: Rob Domenick, Jeannette

* 2007 June - Port Authority Rider Report:
130 Years Old and Climbing
130th Anniversary of The Duquesne Incline

* 2007 May 20 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Construction Guide
SPECIAL NOTES
Duquesne Heights Incline

130th Anniversary of The Duquesne Incline

* 2007 May 4 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Column: Tuned In Journal By Rob Owen
Visiting 'The Kill Point'
"Already "Kill Point" has shot on the Duquesne Incline..."

* 2007 April 26 - America's Most Livable City: Pittsburgh
(Only American city ranked "Most Livable" twice: 1985 & 2007 !)
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

Pittsburgh rated 'most livable' once again
After 22 years, back atop Places Rated Almanac

By Dan Majors
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
We're baaaaack! Pittsburgh again 'most livable'
By William Loeffler

25th Anniversary Edition of the Places Rated Almanac
features a photograph of the Pittsburgh Golden Triangle,
with The Duquesne Incline in the foreground !

* 2007 Feb. 1 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Duquesne Incline ridership climbs
By Joe Grata, Transportation Beat Reporter

* 2006 July 24 - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
Costly rehab down the line for Mon and Duquesne Inclines
By Jim Ritchie

* From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh - 2005 March 27:
Great Depression, automobiles led to decline of inclines, street railways
By Marjorie Wertz

* From the Pittsburgh Trib p.m., Pittsburgh - 2004 August 23:
Inclines remain commuters' secret By Derek J. Fuchs


Images and Information: Pittsburgh's Only Public Observing Session
of the Historic Transit of Venus - 2004 June 8
Co-Sponsored By: Friends of the Zeiss and The Duquesne Incline

Transit of the Planet Venus Across Image of Sun - 2004 June 8
Friends of the Zeiss sponsored the only observing session of this historic event
in Allegheny County, open to the general public, in conjunction with
the Society for the Preservation of the Duquesne Heights Incline:

News Release - 2004 October 26:
Dark Total Eclipse of the Moon Wednesday Evening/
65th Anniversary of Pittsburgh's Buhl Planetarium
Commemorated with Web Site Documenting Historic Transit of Venus
Observed from Observation Deck of The Duquesne Incline

From The Pitt News, Official Student Newspaper of the University of Pittsburgh,
Pittsburgh - 2004 June 9:
Transit lifts eyes and spirits
By Adam Fleming, Managing Editor

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh - 2004 June 9:
Look! Up in the sky ... By Gwen Arbuckle

From the Pittsburgh Trib p.m., Pittsburgh - 2004 June 8:
Pittsburghers watch Venus cross the sun By Gwen Arbuckle

News Release - 2004 June 3:
SAFE PUBLIC VIEWING OF RARE ASTRONOMICAL EVENT WITH
8-INCH REFLECTOR TELESCOPE AT DUQUESNE INCLINE OBSERVATION DECK


From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh - 2004 May 26:
Editorial: Hillside icons
A public glimpse at what makes an incline tick

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh - 2004 May 24:
Newsmakers: Ruth and David Miller
They've guided historic incline through good times and bad

By Jan Ackerman

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh - 2004 May 21:
Duquesne Heights Incline celebrates 127th birthday by unveiling its inner workings
By Jan Ackerman

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh - 2004 May 17:
Incline opens a view to a hill By Violet Law

News Release - 2004 May 12:
NEW VIEWING PLATFORM OPENS MAY 20, TO ALLOW
PUBLIC TO SEE INCLINE HOISTING EQUIPMENT IN OPERATION


From USA Weekend Magazine, McLean VA
(Published as Sunday Supplement in newspapers across the nation,
including the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review) - 2003 May 18:
USA WEEKEND's Annual Travel Report
The 10 Most Beautiful Places in America

Including Number 2:
"Nighttime view from Mount Washington in Pittsburgh"


Safety Tips for viewing
The Great Solar Eclipse of Christmas Day, A.D. 2000 !


Special Notice - September 10, 2000

New West Busway Service Provides Enhanced Bus Service
Between The Duquesne Incline and Downtown Pittsburgh
[and also to West End Neighborhoods and Communities].

ALSO, New Bus Service Between The Duquesne Incline and
the Pittsburgh International Airport via Route 28X !

New Bus Route 100 West Busway All-Stops provides greatly improved bus service between The Duquesne Incline and Downtown Pittsburgh. This new route also provides enhanced service between The Duquesne Incline and Sheraden, Ingram, Crafton, East Carnegie, and Carnegie.

Route 100 West Busway All-Stops runs every 10-12 minutes during rush hours, every 20 minutes during the middle of the day on weekdays, every 20-30 minutes on weekday evenings and during the day on weekends, and every 40-45 minutes weekend evenings.

New service between the Lower Station of The Duquesne Incline and the Pittsburgh International Airport is now provided by Route 28X.

For a detailed schedule of Route 100, Route 28X[or any other Port Authority rail or bus route], Click Here.



Special Notice: July 3, 2000
Permanent, Extended Hours for Use of
Senior Citizen Pass and Disability Pass
on The Duquesne Incline and Port Authority Buses


Special Notice Regarding
Fort Pitt Bridge and West End Bridge Detours:
July 1, 2000 to October 16, 2000

Fort Pitt Bridge

At this time, there are NO TRAFFIC DETOURS when travelling from Downtown Pittsburgh to reach the Free Parking Lot of The Duquesne Incline.

When returning Downtown, from The Duquesne Incline, it will be necessary to use the Liberty Avenue or Boulevard of the Allies exits(which reopen after reconstruction on or about
July 5, 2000) or the Grant Street exit from the Penn-Lincoln Parkway-East(Interstate 376/U.S. 22 & U.S. 30). From the Fort Pitt Bridge, there will be no direct access to the Fort Duquesne Bridge to the North Side, or the Downtown exits to Fort Duquesne Boulevard or to the Tenth Street Bypass(beginning on or about July 5, 2000).

West End Bridge

Vehicles crossing the West End Bridge, from the North Side, will not be able to access West Carson Street to reach the Free Parking Lot of The Duquesne Incline until "Light-Up Night" in the middle of November. All traffic crossing the West End Bridge will be diverted into the West End or onto the West End Bypass Expressway.

Motorists from the North Side should use the Fort Duquesne and Fort Pitt Bridges to reach the Free Parking Lot of The Duquesne Incline; take the West Carson Street exit, at the south end of the Fort Pitt Bridge, to reach the Free Parking Lot of The Duquesne Incline.

ALL HIGHWAY DETOURS END OCTOBER 16, 2000


PAT Bus Service to West Carson Street Incline Station

Until September 10, bus service serving the Lower Station of The Duquesne Incline on West Carson Street will be limited. Only bus routes with the numerical prefix "21", and bus route 26D, will serve The Duquesne Incline. Hence, there will be a significant reduction in bus service between Downtown Pittsburgh and the Lower Station of The Duquesne Incline during the months of July and August.

Bus service to the Lower Station of The Duquesne Incline will significantly improve, beginning September 10, with the opening of the West Busway. New bus route 100 will run frequent service from the Carnegie Station of the West Busway, past The Duquesne Incline and through Downtown Pittsburgh, to Oakland. Additionally, several express bus routes, including the 28X Airport Express, will pass The Duquesne Incline. Although these bus routes cannot be used for transit between Downtown and The Duquesne Incline, they can be used between South Hills and West Hills points and The Duquesne Incline.

Pedestrian Access to West Carson Street Incline Station

Pedestrian access to The Duquesne Incline, using the sidewalk on the Fort Pitt Bridge between Point State Park(near the Fort Pitt Museum) and West Carson Street, remains unaffected.



From the The New York Times - March 23, 2000:
"Glory Days of the Incline, Before the Decline"

Article Includes Photograph of The Duquesne Incline !
SPECIAL NOTE: There is no charge to access this news article from the web server of The New York Times. However, before being able to access the news article, you will be asked to register(if you have not done so already) with "The New York Times On The Web" by choosing a login name and a password--AGAIN FOR NO CHARGE.


Special Notice Regarding Fort Pitt Bridge Detours: February 25, 2000

At this time, there are NO TRAFFIC DETOURS when travelling from Downtown Pittsburgh to reach the Free Parking Lot of The Duquesne Incline. All regular Port Authority bus routes[bus routes with the numerical prefixes 21, 26, 31, 36(but NOT route 36A, Monday through Saturday), and route 28B] continue to serve The Duquesne Incline's Lower Station, both to Downtown Pittsburgh and from Downtown. Pedestrian access to The Duquesne Incline, from the Fort Pitt Bridge, also remains unaffected.

Beginning in March of 2000, the only detours will occur for vehicles entering Downtown Pittsburgh from the Fort Pitt Bridge[Interstate 276 north/U.S. 22 and U.S. 30 east(a.k.a. Penn-Lincoln Parkway-West)]. At that time, only the Liberty Avenue and Boulevard of the Allies inbound ramps, from the Fort Pitt Bridge into Downtown Pittsburgh, will be closed from March to late June of 2000. Vehicles will still be able to enter Downtown Pittsburgh, from the Fort Pitt Bridge, using Downtown exits from the Interstate 376/U.S. 22 and U.S. 30 east(a.k.a. Penn-Lincoln Parkway-East). Downtown Pittsburgh can also be reached from the Fort Pitt Bridge using the Fort Duquesne Boulevard and Tenth Street By-Pass exits; access from the Fort Pitt Bridge to the Fort Duquesne Bridge(and North Side points) will not be affected.

Access to the Free Parking Lot of The Duquesne Incline, from the West End Bridge, West End Circle, and West End By-Pass Expressway will continue, unaffected.


From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - November 29, 1999:
"Duquesne Incline seeks to reverse declining ridership"


Special Notice: July, 28, 1999

The Interstate 279 "Portal Bridge" has reopened, as of Wednesday, July 28, 1999. Special "Portal Bridge" detour directions and instructions have now expired and are no longer in effect. At this time, except for the closing of the Liberty Avenue Ramp to the Fort Pitt Bridge, normal highway, PAT bus, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic patterns resume to The Duquesne Incline. During the closing of the Liberty Avenue Ramp to the Fort Pitt Bridge, the Fort Pitt Bridge can be accessed, to reach the Free Parking Lot of The Duquesne Incline, from Downtown Pittsburgh by the Stanwix Street ramp or ramps from Fort Duquesne Boulevard and the Fort Duquesne Bridge(which cross the reopened "Portal Bridge").


1999 February

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Through the Office of State Representative Thomas C. Petrone, Grants $56,000 to The Duquesne Incline for Rehabilitation of Incline Station Buildings and Erection of Platform for the Public to View the Incline Operating Equipment.

Photograph of Grant Presentation Ceremony
Pictured in photograph, from left to right: Ruth Miller, Duquesne Incline Treasurer; David H. Miller, Duquesne Incline President; Pennsylvania State Representative Thomas C. Petrone; David Vater, member of the Duquesne Incline Board of Directors; Glenn A. Walsh, Duquesne Incline Internet Web Site/E-Mail Administrator.

Photograph of Grant Check

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