The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

August 26, 2013

Somerset County studying trail link to Flight 93 memorial site


The Associated Press

— SHANKSVILLE — Somerset County is exploring the possibility of extending a public train system to the Flight 93 National Memorial.

County administrators will seek proposals for a feasibility study on the best way to extend the Great Allegheny Passage bike trail north to the Flight 93 National Memorial.

The memorial honors the passengers and crew members killed when the plane crashed into a field on Sept. 11, 2001, after they fought back against hijackers.

Somerset County has obtained more than $100,000 in grants and donations for the project. Officials expect to hire a firm to conduct the study sometime this fall.

Keith Newlin, the deputy superintendent for the National Parks of Western Pennsylvania, says he’s happy to see the effort.