The Northwest Rural Planning Organization (NWRPO) consists of all municipalities within Clarion, Crawford, Forest, Venango, and Warren counties.

 

Major Corridors within the region include:

Major East-West Corridor

I-80 and US 6, connecting to Erie and points in Ohio

Major North-South Corridor

I-79 and PA 8, connecting to Pittsburgh

Transit

Three transit companies service the region.  These are the Crawford Area Transit Authority, the Venango County Transportation Program, and the Transit Authority of Warren County.  These transit operators provide regional community services within each respective county.  Greyhound Lines, Inc. and Fullington Auto Bus Company, Inc provide intercity bus services.

 

Aviation

Clarion County is served by the Clarion County Airport, Crawford County is served by the Port Meadville Airport, Warren County is served by the Brokenstraw Airport, and Venango County is served by the Venango Regional Airport and Titusville Airport.

 

Rail Freight

The railroad infrastructure consists of a mix of Class 1, Regional, and Short Line railroads.  Although service is provided by seven railroads, the level of service is local/regional in nature and dependent on local industry demands.  Norfolk Southern Railway Company provides rail service to Crawford County.  The Bessemer & Lake Erie Railroad serves Crawford County. The Oil Creek & Titusville Lines operates in eastern Crawford and Venango Counties.  The Western New York and Pennsylvania Railroad serves Venango and Crawford Counties.





Transportation Program- Interstate Transportation Projects

· I-80 Bridges Group 2 PM – Bridge Preservation projects located in Richland, Beaver, Paint, and Monroe Townships, Clarion County.

Transportation Program- First Four Years (2013-2016)

To maintain and improve the existing transportation system in Northwest PA, several key transportation projects are included in first four years of the 2013-2024 Twelve Year Transportation Program.  Some of these key projects include:

· PA 27/North Street Connector – Highway Restoration project located in the City of Meadville, Crawford County.

· US 6/Smock Bridge – Bridge Rehabilitation project located in West Mead and Vernon Townships, City of Meadville, Crawford County.

· PA 173 Cochranton Bridge – Bridge Replacement project located in Fairfield Township and the Borough of Cochranton, Crawford County.

· PA 198 Realignments – Safety Improvement project located in the Borough of Blooming Valley and Woodcock Township, Crawford County.

· Mead Avenue Bridge – Bridge Replacement project located in the City of Meadville, Crawford County.

· Hunter Station Bridge – Bridge Replacement project located in Tionesta Township, Forest County.

· Emlenton Hill Improvement – Safety Improvement project located in the Borough of Emlenton and Scrubgrass Township, Venango County.

· US 62/PA 257 Intersection – Safety Improvement and Bridge Replacement project located in the City of Oil City and Cranberry Township, Venango County.

· Anderson/Craggs Group Bridges – Bridge Replacement project located in Sligo Borough and Piney Township, Clarion County.

· Callensburg Bridge #1 – Bridge Replacement project located in Licking Township just north of Callensburg Borough, Clarion County.

· PA 68 East Sligo Bridge – Bridge Replacement project located in Piney Township, Clarion County.

· PA 68 Clarion Curve – Safety Improvement project located in Clarion Township and Clarion Borough, Clarion County.

Transportation Program- Second Four Years  (2017-2020)

Due to the cost and timing of projects in the first four years of the 2013-2024 Twelve Year Transportation Program, several projects will overlap and continue in the second four years of the Program.  Some of these key projects include:

· Callensburg Bridge #1 - Bridge Replacement project located in Licking Township just north of Callensburg Borough, Clarion County.

· Hunter Station Bridge - Bridge Replacement project located in Tionesta Township, Forest County.