The Silver Line brings commuters into downtown Pittsburgh starting from Library (South Park), traveling northward above ground through Overbrook and past Carrick before reaching South Hills Junction – a transit center and transfer station – and continuing downtown.
Locally, the Silver Line stops at South Bank, Denise and Bon Air stations.
- South Bank Station is a major transit facility in Overbrook and a stop on the South Busway that speeds buses into downtown by avoiding Saw Mill Run Boulevard.
- Denise Station, on Denise Street in Carrick, serves a residential area below Brownsville Road and a blighted stretch of Saw Mill Run Boulevard.
- Bon Air Station, located at the corner of Institute and Clanton Streets at the bottom of stairs from Roseton Avenue, provides the main public transit to downtown Pittsburgh for people who live in Bon Air.
The stations are accessible.
The Silver Line operates several times an hour when most people are headed to and from work, and every half hour otherwise. It doesn’t run overnight.
The Silver Line makes four stops downtown before heading under the Allegheny River to the North Shore, where people can get to Heinz Field, the Community College of Allegheny County Allegheny Campus and the Carnegie Science Center.
The light rail system is operated by the Port Authority of Allegheny County, which employs a “pay where you live” system for light rail, according to its guide, How to Ride the Light Rail System. Seniors over 65 with ID and children under six ride for free.
The Port Authority encourages the use of their ConnectCard to speed up trip times.
The Silver Line used to be called the Blue Line Library but was renamed in 2020 to avoid being confused with the Blue Line South Hills Village. The Blue Line South Village is now just called the Blue Line.
The Silver Line, Blue Line and Red Line, which operates into downtown through a different stretch of South Pittsburgh, were once trolley lines that Pittsburgh Railways operated throughout the city.
People commute to work, transfer at South Bank in Overbrook or South Hills Junction, or travel to the North Shore using the Silver Line.