The Trail Town Program (a special project of The Progress Fund), Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau (LHVB), and Allegheny Trail Alliance (ATA) contracted Frostburg State University and Saint Vincent College to conduct three phases of research:
The Trail Town Program (a special project of The Progress Fund), Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau (LHVB), and Allegheny Trail Alliance (ATA) contracted Campos Inc to conduct three phases of research:
This study reports the analysis of the use of the Allegheny Trail Alliance system in Western Pennsylvania during the 2002 trail season, April 15 through November 15.
A total of 5700 mail-in surveys were placed on vehicles at seven strategic trailheads along the 100 continuous miles of the Great Allegheny Passage from Boston to Garrett, plus Montour Trail. The survey collected 2229 responses by the cut-off date of December 18, 2002. This represents a 39% response rate.
The user surveys asked for information on trail use, distances traveled, spending in local communities, and on bikes and equipment. In addition, the Allegheny Trail Alliance has positioned trail counters at 11 strategic locations along the trail. The counter information was coupled with the user survey information to obtain estimates of trail-related spending.
To review the complete study, please visit the University Center for Social & Urban Research Survey Research Program. The report is titled, 2002 User Survey for the Pennsylvania Allegheny Trail Alliance.