Pittsburgh funicular reopens after 3 months of repairs

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — After being closed for more than three months due to flood damage, a funicular that gives sightseers and commuters a panoramic view of Pittsburgh has reopened.

The reopening had a slight hiccup when the power went out in the neighborhood just an hour after the Monongahela Incline restarted Friday morning.

The Port Authority says power to the incline was restored later in the morning.

Duquesne Light says the rest of the neighborhood should be back online soon.

The incline opened in 1870 and is one of two in the city. It was the first passenger funicular railway built in the United States.

A water main break in February flooded the station’s basement, damaging computer equipment and exposing serious deterioration in a support wall that was part of the original construction.

About 600,000 riders use the incline annually.

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