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Preview of Proposed Southern Tier Trail through Cattaraugus County

New York State Senators Schumer and Gillibrand secured over $7 Million through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s RAISE Grant from bipartisan infrastructure law for Cattaraugus County to help connect Western New York State communities with trail design and alignment along the old Buffalo-Pittsburgh Rail Corridor.

Read the press release "Schumer, Gillibrand Secure Major $7+ Million Grant from Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for Cattaraugus County to Help Connect Western NY Communities Along the Old Buffalo-Pittsburgh Rail Corridor Through New Southern Tier Trail" -


Some quotes from some of our local representatives:

Norm Marsh - Chairman of the Catt. County Development and Agriculture Committee:

“The RAISE grant is a tremendous step forward for the Cattaraugus County trail system in connecting larger systems in the region.  This will be a huge economic boost for many of our small municipalities.  The Southern Tier Trail system will give many opportunities for the restaurants and retail stores in our communities.”

Howard VanRensselaer - Chairman, Cattaraugus County Legislature:

“That’s wonderful for our municipalities in Cattaraugus County! The increase in tourism will be an exciting boost to the businesses along the trail corridor.  It is a great opportunity to bring in a new outdoor tourism destination to our county that will be a catalyst for community revitalization for our small communities here.”

Crystal Abers - Director of the Cattaraugus County Department of Economic Development, Planning & Tourism:

“Our Department is so excited about the RAISE grant.  This is excellent news for Cattaraugus County and the municipalities along the proposed Southern Tier Trail.  The $7 million in RAISE funds is the critical next step we needed to move the 52 miles of Southern Tier Trail along to construction.  This grant  will be such a boost to the local economic development efforts in Cattaraugus County .”


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