Q&A: Trail Advocates Explain Parkersburg to Pittsburgh Project Study

Apr 26, 2018

Credit West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this West Virginia Morning, a group facilitating the completion of a rail-trail connecting Pittsburgh to Parkersburg says the project has the potential to boost tourism.

Washington, D.C.-based Rails-to-Trails Conservancy released a feasibility study this week. It shows filling gaps in Harrison, Marion and Wood counties in West Virginia would complete the 238-mile trail, referred by proponents as "P2P." Jesse Wright spoke with two people from the conservancy about the study and what’s next for the project.

Also on today's show, not long after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, of Kentucky, squared off with President Trump over funding for the Appalachian Regional Commission, the ARC has a new federal co-chair. As the Ohio Valley ReSource's Becca Schimmel reports, the commission’s newest member has close ties to Sen. McConnell.