CSX donates land for Sept. 11 trail

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GARRETT, Pa. – Trail walkers on a future path near the Flight 93 memorial in southwestern Pennsylvania will be treading on ground donated for the purpose by CSX Transportation.

The Jacksonville, Fla.,-based railroads says it has donated 130 acres of land to the September 11th National Memorial Trade Alliance, which seeks to establish a trail to link the memorial sites of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States.

The land CSX donated will help the alliance build a 7-mile portion of an off-road multipurpose trail between the Great Alleghany Passage Trail in Garrett, Pa., and the Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, Pa. The donated properties were previously used as a right-of-way for railroad operations, and CSX has owned the properties for 145 years or more.

David G. Brickley, president of the September 11 National Memorial Trail Alliance, and Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., whose congressional district includes the CSX property, both praised CSX’s generosity in donating the land. Shuster said "thanks to CSX’s generous contribution, an additional link in the 1,100-mile network is an important step closer to being completed."

CSX chairman and CEO Michael Ward said that CSX is honored to make the contribution of land, adding, "Just as we connect America’s businesses and consumers in support of the nation’s prosperity, we’re pleased to have a role in building the network of trails that will link these memorials to the heroes of September 11th."

The September 11th National Memorial Trail will link the September 11the Memorial at the site of the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon Memorial in Arlington County, Va., and the Flight 93 National Memorial in Somerset County, Pa. The trail is expected to be a multi-use corridor for hiking and bicycling, and will feature an accompanying back road motor route for driving, motorcycling, and public and tour transportation.
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