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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A water main break late Monday afternoon near the Mon Incline ticket office on Mount Washington sent water spewing into the air.

The water main burst beneath Grandview Avenue resulting in a raging geyser until crews from Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority could shut off the values. As the water was running freely, it partially flooded the Incline ticket office, water was streaming down the steps, into part of the building the that houses the transformer and computers.

Mario Fabiano was on duty when water poured into the office.

“All the people that was in the car, I had to get them off because I didn’t want to send the car down because I didn’t want them to get them stuck halfway, because the water was going down In the computer room,” Fabiano told KDKA News. “I wanted to make sure everyone was safe.”

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For riders who rely on the Incline for their commute, the Port Authority provided shuttle buses to get from Station Square to Mt. Washington.

Kaitia Pickles, who lives in an apartment across the street from the upper incline said, “I take the incline to and from work every morning so it’s a little frustrating when you have to take the shuttle instead. Hopefully, they’ll be able to fix it soon.”

This was the second time in as many weeks there was a Grandview Avenue water main break affecting incline service.

In mid-January, service was suspended for five days because of a similar water main break only a few feet the one Monday.

The Port Authority has not indicated when the Mon Incline will be back in service.

Ralph Iannotti