Transportation and Access
Transportation networks in Indiana County allow for the safe and efficient movement of people, goods, and service across the County, the Nation, and eventually the world, through an extensive network of roadways, rail lines, transit systems, airports, and fiberoptic facilities.
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County Transportation at a Glance
ROAD: A network of major four-lane U.S. and state highways crisscrosses Indiana County and provides quick connections with major transportation corridors.
RAIL: Rail connections include the Conrail main line and the Class 3 R.J. Corman Railroad.
AIR: The Jimmy Stewart Airport was recently upgraded and accommodates executive jets.
Pittsburgh International Airport is approximately 70 miles from Indiana County.
Indiana County Highways
An extensive network of U.S. and State highways and local roads crisscross Indiana County. This network provides safe and uncongested travel for local residents and quick connections for moving commercial goods to major markets via primary interstate transportation corridors.
Four-lane sections of primary arterial highways, such US 22 and US 422, facilitate east-west connections with I-76, I-79, and I-99, while US 119 provides a north-south connection between I-70 and I-80. In addition, a number of minor arterials, such as PA 56, PA 85, PA 156, PA 217, and PA 259 facilitate connections with primary arterial highways. There are also 1,255 miles of local roads that connect with the State and U.S. Highways.
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Indiana County Railway System
Railroads have historically played an important role in the growth and development of Indiana County, and they are still a vital transportation mode for our four local power generating plants. Moreover, since railroads average more than three times better energy efficiency than trucks, railroads will likely increase in importance for moving corn and other grains to local and international markets, as ethanol facilities evolve.
Indiana County’s major rail network is composed of two Class I freight railroads, two Short line freight railroads, and various privately-owned railroads.
CLASS 1 FREIGHT RAILROADS network INCLUDES:
CSX Transportation, Inc., operating the largest railroad in the eastern United States with a 21,000-mile rail network linking commercial markets in 23 states, the District of Columbia, and two Canadian provinces. In Indiana County, CSX owns and operates a line that operates between Creekside and Punxsutawney. The line connects with Norfolk Southern in the south and Buffalo & Pittsburgh in the north.
Norfolk Southern (NS), one of the nation's largest transportation companies. In Pennsylvania, NS operates over 2,500 miles of track with major rail yards in Conway Harrisburg, Bethlehem, Allentown, Philadelphia, Scranton, and Pittsburgh. Locally, NS operates the Conemaugh Line, along the Conemaugh River, between Johnstown and Pittsburgh. Fifteen trains per day use this line to move coal and general merchandise to destinations along this route. NS also invested more than 44 million dollars in a rail construction project to serve the Keystone Power Plant located near Shelocta, PA.
SHORTLINE FREIGHT RAILROAD network INCLUDEs:
The R. J. Corman Railroad Group, based out of Nicholasville, Kentucky, offering a wide variety of services, including the operation of nine shortline railroads in Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, Mississippi, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Their Pennsylvania Lines connect in the north and south with Norfolk Southern Railroad. In Indiana County, the R.J. Corman line operates between Cherry Tree and Clymer, transporting coal extracted from the Amfire mining complex in Clymer.
Genesee & Wyoming Inc. Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad, Inc. (GWI), operating both short line and mainline railroads in the United States and Canada. Their lines in western Pennsylvania have direct connections with both major U.S. railroads serving the east (CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern) and with both of Canada's transcontinental railroads (Canadian National and Canadian Pacific).
The Buffalo & Pittsburgh line include two shortline railroads in Indiana County–one that operates between Homer City in the south and Cloe, Jefferson County in the north, and the other line that cuts across the northwestern corner of Indiana County and connects between Eidenau, Butler County in the west and Punxsutawney, Jefferson County in the east. That line handles a wide variety of freight including coal, petroleum, metals, and forest products. Buffalo & Pittsburgh was awarded a $3.75 million grant from the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to improve a portion of the 25-mile track from Creekside, in Indiana County, to Cloe in Jefferson County. A portion of those grant funds will also be used to install approximately eight miles of new track to support delivery of coal to the Edison Mission Homer City Power Plant.
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The Indiana County Transit Authority provides a variety of public transportation services around the County through the operation of IndiGO, a public transportation facility located on Saltsburg Avenue inWhite Township. IndiGO runs a fleet of 20 vehicles and operates daily fixed routes in the Indiana Borough/White Township area. They also provide transit services between Indiana Borough and Blairsville and Indiana Borough and Saltsburg on scheduled days during the week, and they operate fixed routes to serve the needs of students attending Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) and WyoTech.
In addition to fixed routes, IndiGO provides transportation services to Pittsburgh on Tuesday and Thursday of each week for medical appointments, and a Shared Ride Program that offers door-to-door services for a higher fare.
Jimmy Stewart Airport
Indiana County’s Jimmy Stewart Airport, located in White Township, currently handles over 25,000 aircraft operations per year, with a 4,000 foot runway, taxiway, and terminal area. Current airport services also include major/minor aircraft repairs, hangar rentals, tie downs, flight instructions, aircraft rentals, aerial photography, an avionics shop, and fuel sales.
Beginning in 2008, Indiana County embarked upon a major airport expansion plan, estimated to cost about $20 million, to construct a new 5,500 foot runway, extend the existing runway for use as a taxiway, install an improved instrument landing system, and developing addition hangars. That expansion program is currently about 90% complete and is scheduled to become operational in 2015.
Fiber Optics Access
An intricate, full-service fiber optics network branches across Indiana County. Businesses can join the technological revolution that is shaping the global marketplace and readily conduct business all over the world.
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