Martin Luther King Jr. East Busway

Martin Luther King Jr. East Busway
Penn Station stop at the downtown end of the busway.
Plaque at Penn Station dedicating the Busway

The Martin Luther King Jr. East Busway is a two-lane dedicated bus-only highway serving the city of Pittsburgh and many of its eastern neighborhoods and suburbs. The original segment of the busway opened in February 1983, running between Downtown Pittsburgh and Edgewood, a length of 6.8 miles. In 2003, the busway was extended into Swissvale by 2.3 miles, making its current length 9.1 miles. It was named after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in recognition of the fact that the western portion of the route serves many predominantly African-American neighborhoods, such as Wilkinsburg and East Liberty. It is owned and maintained by the Port Authority of Allegheny County. Following the naming convention of each busway being designated by a color, bus routes that use the East Busway begin with a "P" for purple.



The P1 ("East Busway All Stops") is the main route, operating seven days a week and running the full length of the Busway between Swissvale and Downtown Pittsburgh, making all stops, before running a short loop through the central business district. Two additional routes run Monday through Friday: The P3 ("East Busway Oakland") operates between Swissvale and Oakland utilizing a connecting road to Oakland between the Herron and Negley Stations. The route then serves the busy Fifth Avenue corridor, providing access to universities, hospitals, and office buildings. The P2 ("East Busway Short") operates only between Wilkinsburg and Downtown and makes a larger loop through the central core..

Many of the Port Authority's express and suburban Flyer routes also utilize the busway (but do not make stops along it), primarily during weekday rush hours. The busway enables these routes to bypass the heavily congested Parkway East (Interstate 376), making for faster trip times.


Station Name Neighborhood/Borough Served Notes
Penn Station Downtown Connects with Pittsburgh's Union Station (Amtrak and Greyhound connections)
Herron Polish Hill
Negley Shadyside
East Liberty East Liberty
Homewood Homewood
Wilkinsburg Wilkinsburg 748 space Park and Ride available
Hay Street Wilkinsburg spur segment of the busway served only by P2
Hamnett Wilkinsburg 128 space Park and Ride available
Roslyn Street Swissvale
Swissvale Swissvale 163 space Park and Ride available

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