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Monongahela Incline Pittsburgh Reviews
A Different View from the Monongahela Incline May 27, 2012
The Monongahela Incline is an in incline railway, or funicular (also known as an inclined plane in Pennsylvania). The incline carries passenger from river level at Station Square up Mt. Washington. From an observation deck at the top station, one can see the Pittsburgh skyline and the many bridges crossing the Monongahela River.
The Monongahela Incline opened in 1870 as the first of eventually 17 funiculars providing transportation for workers living in the new houses on Mt. Washington down to Pittsburgh. The incline has been restored and is operated today by the Port Authority of Allegheny County (the transit authority). The Monongahela and Duquesne Inclines are the two remaining funiculars in Pittsburgh. The Duquesne is more well known because of its enthusiastic fan base, but the Monongahela is the oldest continuously operating funicular in the United States.
The two original wooden cars are still in use. They are in an interesting tiered design. The incline traverses 635 feet (194 m) of tack to rise 369 feet (113 m) above the river. At the top station is an observation deck where central downtown Pittsburgh ma be viewed. No gift shop or tours at this one, but there is Grandview Avenue to walk and additional scenic overlooks for more views as well as shops and restaurants.
The fare is $2.25 one-way or $3.25 round trip. (Cash only.) Pay parking Station Square.
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