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November 2021, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette News Story, Study of the Great Allegheny Passage  

“The Great Allegheny Passage not only connects Pittsburgh with Cumberland, Md., but also connects businesses and governments along the entire 150-mile trail with tens of millions of dollars per year.” 


“A new study that Pittsburgh consulting firm Fourth Economy did with the Great Allegheny Passage Conservancy reports that tourism along the trail created an economic impact in 2019 of more than $121 million. That figure “translates to over $800,000 per mile,” Fourth Economy senior consultant Mickey McGlasson stated in a news release. “It looks like a scenic trail, but for the communities along the way, that’s an economic highway.” “Previously sleepy places such as West Newton bloomed with bicyclists buzzing through but not without stopping for a burger and a craft beer or an overnight stay.”


December 2021, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Editorial

“The far-reaching Great Allegheny Passage has been a key factor in towns in both states’ progression from manufacturing economies to healthier, more diversified economies.”

“Of the hundreds of trail riders and residents in the nearby towns surveyed, an overwhelming 93% said the GAP is a boon to the communities it passes through.” “In addition to the economic figures, the trail is also a scenic introduction to the beauty and majesty of this part of the country, including some spectacular vistas at the Eastern Continental Divide in Meyersdale, Somerset County. Other towns impacted in Pennsylvania include Pittsburgh, Homestead, McKeesport, West Newton, Connellsville and others.”

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