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Monongahela Incline

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Opened in 1870, the Monongahela Incline -- called the Mon Incline by locals -- is the oldest and steepest incline in the United States, as well as the nation's oldest cable car operation. It offers beautiful views of downtown Pittsburgh as well as a convenient way for residents of Mt. Washington to get to downtown Pittsburgh. The lower station of the Monongahela Incline is located near the Smithfield Street Bridge, and is easily accessible from Station Square and Pittsburgh's light rail system.
The Monongahela Incline was consolidated into Port Authority of Allegheny County operations in 1964 and declared a historic structure by the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation in 1970.

Monongahela Incline Facts:


Length: 635 feet
Elevation: 369.39 feet
Grade: 35 degrees, 35 minutes
Speed: 6 miles per hour
Passenger: Capacity 23 per car

Monongahela Incline Fares:


Cash fares as well as Port Authority bus passes and tickets are accepted as payment on the Monongahela incline. If you're connecting to a bus route within three hours, you can purchase a transfer fare for $1.00.
  • $2.50 Full cash fare each way ($5.00 round trip)
  • $1.25 full cash fare children (age 6-11) each way ($2.50 round trip)
  • $1.25 full cash fare one way for persons with disabilities (except during 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on weekdays)

The following individuals can ride for free on the Monongahela Incline:

  • Senior citizens (65+) with proper ID (Medicare card or Senior Citizen ID card)
  • Children 5 and younger when accompanied by an adult

Monongahela Incline Hours:


Monday through Saturday, 5:30 a.m. to 12:45 a.m.
Sundays and Holidays 8:45 a.m. to midnight.
Monongahela Incline
East Carson St
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15211
(412) 361-0873

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