Active Transportation and Trail Projects
Active Transportation and Trail Projects
Huntingdon County Active Transportation Planning
Active Transportation Committee (ATC)
The initial ATC was formed in 2017 and was composed of fifteen (15) citizens appointed by the Huntingdon County Commissioners. After a two-year hiatus, the ATC was re-formed in February 2022 and is now composed of 10 individuals and three ex-officio, non-voting members appointed by the Huntingdon County Commissioners. The ATC is responsible for raising awareness of bicycle and pedestrian planning concerns. Responsibilities include initiatives ranging from evaluating existing conditions and maintenance needs, gap analysis, and local advocacy.
Below are links to the Huntingdon County Active Transportation Plan and the adoption resolution:
Active Transportation Plan - Adopted 9/12/2023
Throughout 2023, the ATC worked with a consulting team from The EADS Group, Penn State Extension and UpStreet Architects, Inc. to prepare the Huntingdon County Active Transportation Plan, The Plan was funded by a PA WalkWorks grant through the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Guidance was provided by the Pennsylvania Downtown Center's Healthy Communities Manager. A working draft of the Plan was submitted to the ATC on July 31, 2023 for review and discussion during their August 4, 2023 Committee meeting. Once their comments were addressed, a revised draft was forwarded to the Huntingdon County Planning Commission for review and recommendation during their August 17, 2023 meeting. A final draft of the Plan was submitted for Huntingdon County Commissioner adoption, following the County Planning Commission's recommendation for adoption, The Huntingdon County Commissioners adopted the Huntingdon County Active Transportation Plan by resolution on September 12, 2023.
This Plan is to make walking, biking and other modes of active transportation safer, easier and more accessible for everyone. Active transportation is any self-propelled mode of transportation, such as walking, bicycling, e-assisted bicycling, wheelchairs, mobility scooters and paddling. The Plan is also aimed at creating healthier communities and increasing the health of Huntingdon County residents. The Plan will create a Unified Vision for increasing access, connections and opportunities for Walking, Biking, Wheeling and Paddling Sports in Huntingdon County.
The September 11th National Memorial Trail - The Northern Pilgrimage through Pennsylvania Trail Alignment Study - 2015
This November 23, 2015 study was prepared by Campbell Thomas & Company in association with Laird LA, PLLC and TPW Design Studies. The study was prepared for The September 11th National Memorial Trail Alliance and Somerset County, Pennsylvania. Financial support for this study was made possible through The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, The Community Foundation for the Alleghenies and the September 11th National Memorial Trail Alliance.
According to the executive summary, "the specific focus of this study is generally the northerly segment of the “conceptual” triangle through Pennsylvania. It will link the route coming from the Pentagon National Memorial, along the Great Allegheny Passage, as it comes into Garrett, Pennsylvania, to the Flight 93 National Memorial, being built by the National Park Service near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and then to either a point near the Delaware Water Gap in Pennsylvania, where it will link to the Liberty Water Gap Trail, or possibly another network through northern New Jersey to the National September 11 Memorial. While this study briefly discusses scenic on-road motoring routes, the project team’s primary objective was to examine the off-road routes forming the non-motorized component of the memorial trail for bicycling, hiking, pedestrian and possible equestrian use in some areas."
Below are links to the trail alignment study for the trail's northern pilgrimage through Pennsylvania. Due to file size, the study has been uploaded and linked in four parts.
Main Line Canal Greenway Trail Study - Segment of September 11th National Memorial Trail - 2019
This January 2019 feasibility study was prepared by Campbell Thomas & Company in association with Laird LA, PLLC. The study was prepared for the Allegheny Ridge Corporation for the purpose of determining the alignment of a 42-mile-long trail corridor through Mifflin and Huntingdon Counties from Lewistown to Alexandria and Alfarata, where the Lower Trail currently ends. The study also provides costs of design and development, maintenance needs, and surface recommendations along with ways to interpret and include the history in the area and address the needs of both long distance and local trail users.
Below are links to the 2019 study regarding the September 11th National Memorial Trail portion of the Main Line Canal Greenway. Due to file sizes, the study has been uploaded and linked in five parts.
- Appendices Main Line Canal Greenway Trail Study_Segment of September 11th Trail_2019 part 1
- Appendices Main Line Canal Greenway Trail Study_Segment of September 11th Trail_2019 part 3
- Appendices Main Line Canal Greenway Trail Study_Segment of September 11th Trail_2019 part 4
- Appendices Main Line Canal Greenway Trail Study_Segment of September 11th Trail_2019 part 5