Also kind of cool? It's part of the Port Authority (our public transit system), which means that we rode for free with our student IDs! My dad rode for free with his medicare card and my mom paid $3 so this is definitely budget-friendly entertainment. Let's hear it for Port Authority! (something I never thought I'd say)
In the 1860s Pittsburgh was expanding at a rapid rate, and needed workers like crazy. The German immigrants to the region settled on top of Mt. Washington, but didn't have a good way to get from the top of the hill down to where the factories were. They proposed the construction of inclines along the face of the hill, and these inclines were completed in 1870 to take them to and from work every day. Much more scenic than my bus ride, that's for sure.
If you visit Pittsburgh and have a chance, definitely check out the Incline and Mt. Washington, even if you're afraid of heights. The views are totally worth it.