From 2014to 2015 the Trail Town Program® conducted an economic survey of businesses along the Erie to Pittsburgh Trail in northwest Pennsylvania. Businesses were surveyed along the longest, contiguous, completed,section of the trail from Titusville, PA to Foxburg, PA.
Two key points:
- In 2013 an average 10% of the business was attributed to the trial. In 2014 that average percentage rose to 19.15%, showing almost a 10% increase in trail related business.
- Of the seventeen businesses that planned to expand their business, twelve said that the trail impacted their decision.
One can see the results for all 13 questions(.PDF) at the Trail Towns Website.