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Three Rivers Heritage Trail 2014 User Survey and Economic Impact Analysis

The 24-mile Three Rivers Heritage Trail extends along the banks of the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio rivers in one of America's most storied cities, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC)


Three Rivers Heritage Trail Users Survey


During 2014, RTC conducted a study of the users of the trail. This study utilized a survey methodology previously tested on Pennsylvania trails and documented in RTC's Trail User Survey Workbook. This survey was designed to monitor trail user characteristics and economic impact.

An analysis of the data accumulated from infrared counters located along the trail and the completed surveys received from users indicates and estimated 622,873 annual user visits, resulting in a total economic impact in 2014 of $8,286,026.

Published February 2015

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Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors to build healthier places for healthier people. RTC’s mission, and its value, is magnified in urban areas, where one mile of trail can completely redefine the livability of a community. Where trails are more than just recreational amenities, creating opportunities for active transportation and physical activity—improving our health and wellbeing—as they safely connect us to jobs, schools, businesses, parks, and cultural institutions in our own neighborhoods and beyond.

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