Subway entrance at the intersection Wood St (left) and Liberty Ave
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Wood St "T" Station
USGS 7.5" Topo Quad - UTM Coordinates:
Pittsburgh West - Zone 17; 0584 4476
access to Port Authority "T" Subway
Sixth Av at Wood St
TYPE OF CONSTRUCTION / DESIGN:
YEAR ERECTED / ENGINEER:
Groundbreaking, October 1981
Tunneling in downtown began, January 1982
Downtown system opening, July 3, 1985
Parsons Brinckerhoff - Gibbs & Hill
The "T" light rail vehicles operate above ground in the South Hills, south of the Monongahela River. After crossing the river and passing the First Avenue Station, the tracks enter a tunnel which is, in part, a rebuilt railroad tunnel. Diverging from the old tunnel at Steel Plaza Station, the subway travels about 35 feet below street level in a cut-and-cover tunnel -- below Sixth Av to the Wood Street Station and then under Liberty Av to Gateway Center.
Wood Street Station is built below the former Max Azen Furs building. The first floor is an open lobby with escalators, stairs and elevators leading to the underground platform. In 1990, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust began a lease agreement with the Port Authority to lease the upper two floors of the building to create a public art gallery space. The entrance to Wood Street Galleries is at 601 Wood St. The galleries opened in 1992 with additional space leased to non-profit arts organizations.
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