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The Society for the Preservation of

The Duquesne Heights Incline

                A Non-Profit Corporation              

1220 Grandview Avenue

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15211-1204 U.S.A.

Telephone: 412-381-1665

Electronic Mail: < cablecar@incline.cc  >

Internet Web Site: < http://www.incline.cc  >

 

2004 May 25

 

        NEW PLATFORM FOR OBSERVING

HISTORIC INCLINE HOISTING EQUIPMENT

 

Good morning. I am Glenn A. Walsh of 633 Royce Avenue, Mount Lebanon. Today, I am speaking on behalf of the Society for the Preservation of the Duquesne Heights Incline.

 

Pittsburgh acquired a new tourist attraction last Thursday, with the grand public opening of a new platform which will allow the public to view the historic hoisting equipment of The Duquesne Incline in operation.  And, this grand opening occurred on the 127th anniversary of The Duquesne Incline, which opened on May 20, 1877.

 

The official ribbon-cutting for this new platform occurred on the afternoon of May 16, when young Michael Hertzberg cut the ribbon at precisely 1:32 and 39 seconds, with his proud father, City Councilman Alan Hertzberg, watching.

 

This equipment viewing platform cost approximately $650,000 to construct, over the last year. This cost included relocation of the Incline office into a new extension of the Upper Incline Station building, necessary to make room for the equipment viewing platform. Funding for this project included a Keystone Grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, coordinated through the office of State Rep. Thomas C. Petrone, and an “ISTEA” Federal transportation grant, administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
 
The general public can now use a comfortable staircase to access the equipment viewing platform, from the main waiting room of the Incline’s Upper Station. An elevator is also available for handicapped accessibility to this viewing deck.
 
As with The Duquesne Incline’s Gift Shop, the equipment viewing platform is open to the public during most hours the Incline operates. This platform will be closed during the early morning and late evening hours. The admission charge to this equipment viewing platform will be only 50 cents per person.
 
For 127 years, The Duquesne Incline has transported commuters and visitors between West Carson Street, near the Fort Pitt Bridge, and the Mt. Washington neighborhood of Duquesne Heights every day of the year, including weekends and all holidays. The Duquesne Incline operates Monday through Saturday 5:30 a.m. to 12:45 a.m. and Sunday and all holidays 7:00 a.m. to 12:45 a.m.; the last car departs both Upper and Lower Stations promptly at 12:45 a.m.
 
In addition to this new equipment viewing deck, the Incline’s Upper Station includes a small Museum (no admission charge), Gift Shop, and an Observation Deck (no admission charge) for viewing Pittsburgh’s beautiful Golden Triangle, ranked the second most scenic view in America by USA Weekend magazine. The Upper Station of The Duquesne Incline is located in the center of the city’s “restaurant row,” which includes such well-known restaurants as Le’Mont, Pasquarelli’s, The Tin Angel, Georgetown Inn, and the Monterey Bay Fish Groto Restaurant.
 
Free-of-charge parking is available for Duquesne Incline patrons at the parking lot between West Carson Street and the Ohio River.
 
More information about The Duquesne Incline, including the Incline’s history, can be found on the Incline’s Internet web site at URL: < http://www.incline.cc >.
 
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