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Post-Gazette: Erie-Pittsburgh trail crucial — and one ‘sweet ride’

Saturday, November 14, 2009
By Larry Walsh, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The next Great Allegheny Passage.

That’s the goal of the Erie-Pittsburgh Trail Alliance, a consortium of 12 rail-trail groups working with state and national advocacy organizations toward connecting non-motorized trails between Pittsburgh and Lake Erie.

So how are things going?

The alliance will provide an update at a public meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at the Freeport Fire Hall, 400 Market Street, Freeport.

The meeting will include presentations on the alliance, the Armstrong Trail, the Allegheny County Trails Partnership, the Butler-Freeport Community Trail and the Freeport Bridge project. Alliance board members met in Millvale in April for a Community Trails Feasibility Study presentation that focused on the southern end of the Erie-Pittsburgh Trail. They also got their first look at the Route 28 project just south of Millvale.

“This is the crucial link for getting the trail routed out of the city,” said Tom Baxter, executive director of the Friends of the Riverfront, the rail-trail group developing the Three Rivers Heritage Trail in and around Pittsburgh.

“We are thrilled that PennDOT and our funding partners have been able to support our vision of a non-motorized route from Pittsburgh to Erie.”
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