Economic Impact Analysis

There have been several surveys and analysis that have shown the economic impact ($$$) of the Erie to Pittsburgh Trail.

From 2014 to 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.Businesses have reported that in 2014 19.15% of their annual business was attributed to the trail.

During 2014, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) conducted a study of the users of the Three Rivers Heritage Trail. An analysis of the data accumulated from infrared counters and the completed surveys indicates an estimate 622,873 annual user visits resulting an economic impact of $8,286,026.

During 2010, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC)conducted a study of the users of the Armstrong Trail. An analysis of the data accumulated from infrared counters and the completed surveys indicates an estimate 80,638 annual user visits resulting an economic impact of $897,442 .

During 2013, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) conducted a study of six connected trails (the Trails) that make up the central leg of the developing 270-mile Erie to Pittsburgh Trail (EPT) and are located in northwest Pennsylvania. An analysis of the data accumulated from infrared counters and the completed surveys indicates an estimate 150,507 annual user visits resulting an economic impact of $7,479,348 .

Some pointers to other surveys can be found on the  trailtown.org site