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The Inclines

Beloved by tourists and commuters alike

Funiciulars -- or inclines (prounounced in-CLINE, in regional parlance) date back to the 1870s, when dozens of such conveyances were high-tech, practical methods to move people and goods over the region's many dramatic peaks.

Only two remain: the Monongahela, or Mon, connecting Mount Washington's Shiloh Street with Station Square below, and the Duquene Incline, which connects the western edge of Grandview Avuenue in Duquesne Heights with West Carson Street below. Several thousand commuters rely on them each day, but they are also hugely popular curiosities for tourists, especially for kids – who can watch the hoisting equipment and enjoy panoramic views and all for the price of a bus ride.

Meet the Neighbors

Megan Worbs
Carnegie Mellon University

“When you emerge from the Fort Pitt Tunnel and are hit with the downtown skyline, the scene is majestic.”