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In the News

Greer Tunnel Reopens

Pittsburgh Union Progress, November 2023

Montour Trail Council President Ned Williams called the accomplishment “one of the most significant infrastructure projects ever completed by the Montour Trail Council in the history of the 34-year-old trail” and thanked users for their patience.

Observer-Reporter, November 2023

Within the first 90 minutes of the Greer tunnel’s reopening, a half-dozen walkers and cyclists navigated their way through the tunnel, admiring the new eastern portal with the MTC logo emblazoned upon it and the shiny galvanized steel support lining.“I’m glad you kept the original dates up,” said Dave Ollett, a Bethel Park resident who cycled by.

Tunnel work on Montour Trail set to be done mid-November

Post-Gazette, August 2023

The Greer Tunnel ceiling has been slowly deteriorating and parts have been succumbing to gravity. The solution is installing a permanent steel ceiling-liner system, which will take months. Montour Trail users as a whole have been very supportive of the rehabilitation project, understanding why the tunnel is closed and are looking forward to having it reopened.

Best Bike Trail in City Paper contest

City Paper, September 2023

City Paper’s  readers’ poll selected the Montour Trail as its “Best of PGH 2023” bike trail. With the award, the paper noted that “Pittsburgh’s rail-trail network has improved dramatically in recent years, but the Montour Trail remains one of the most complete and interconnected sections … The Montour remains the best way to ride outside of city limits and a symbol of how far the region has come since the heyday of industry.”

Best in the ‘Burgh, Again

Pittsburgh Magazine, July 2023

For the fifth consecutive year, the Montour Trail has been selected by the readers of Pittsburgh magazine as the top hiking/biking trail in its Best of the ‘Burgh. More than 200,000 votes were cast in the annual poll, which rounds up locals’ favorite choices in leisure, shopping, dining, and more.
Montour Trail Tunnel to Re-open

Observer-Reporter, May 2023

The 110-year-old tunnel was closed in March when structural deficiencies were found in its deteriorating ceiling. By Memorial Day, runners, walkers, and bikers might be able to use the Greer Tunnel again.

Snow Steppin’

Observer-Reporter,  January 2023

Area outdoor enthusiasts pass the winter by using the Montour Trail.

‘Living life’: Man Treks Montour TrNews: Ian’s Ride on the Montour Trail advocates outdoor access for all users, no matter their abilitiesail in Wheelchair to Advocate for Outdoor Access

Observer-Reporter, October 2022

The Almanac, October 2022

Ian’s Ride on the Montour Trail advocates outdoor access for all users, no matter their abilities. Wheelchair user Ian MacKay suggests, “Too often, people think about the things they can’t do instead of the things that they can do. Make sure you’re not being stagnant, that you’re attempting growth, and you’re out there living life.”

Stepping up: Volunteers Donate Thousands of Hours of Time Maintaining the Region’s Myriad Hiking, Biking Trails

Tribune-Review, July 2022

Many trails see heavy use and require regular maintenance, which is handled largely through a cooperative effort among trail officials, volunteer groups and the towns through which they pass. Montour Trail Council President Deb Thompson says there is more to trail volunteer work than people realize.

Montour Trail Named Best in the ‘Burgh, Again!

Pittsburgh Magazine, July 2022

In the entertainment & leisure category, readers chose the Montour Trail as their favorite.

News report: Southpointe connection to Montour TrailNew Pathway to Connect Southpointe with Montour Trail

Observer-Reporter, June 2022

A ceremonial groundbreaking announced a 1,300-foot pathway that will link Montour Trail to Southpointe. County, township and business representatives touted the project as a way to connect businesses and residential neighborhoods to recreational opportunities located just over the hillside.

Always B Smiling Launches Adaptive Bicycle Riding Program on Montour Trail

The Almanac, May 2021

The nonprofit hosts adaptive bike rides for children and young adults and expects to build an activity center somewhere along the Montour Trail.

A Walk with a Purpose

Observer-Reporter, April 2021

A reporter’s walk on the Montour Trail yields a garbage bag filled with castoffs from other users.

Montour Named to PA Top-Ten Trails List

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, January 2021

The national trail network touts the Montour Trail for its fascinating bridges, tunnels and colorful landscapes. Pennsylvania is a leader in national trail development.

Allegheny Land Trust Acquisition at Montour Trail to Enhance Outdoor Recreation

Tribune-Review, November 2019

ALT purchased Moon Township acreage near MM 1 of the Montour Trail last month to preserve as greenway space. The acquisition will have significant implications for water quality and flood prevention in Montour Run.
Great American Rail-Trail Coming

Post-Gazette, May 2019

How the Great Allegheny Passage Transformed a Region

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, May 2020

The GAP is a valued recreation and active transportation asset for communities. It is also a bucket-list destination for bicyclists and hikers, some of whom begin or end their trek on the Montour Trail.

Montour Trail Council Enters 30th Year of Championing Outdoors

Tribune-Review, March 2019

Volunteers Work to Ensure Montour Trail Tunnel Remains Open During Winter

The Almanac, February 2019

Montour Trail Named Pennsylvania’s 2017 Trail of the Year

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources,

January 2017

News report: Montour Trail named PA trail of the year