Transportation

This planning process is designed to encourage maximum local participation in transportation project selection. The Northwest Commission’s Transportation Advisory Committee, a public/private sector entity with members from all five counties, reviews and prioritizes projects. Recommendations are forwarded to PennDOT and the State Transportation Commission.

During the past several years, the Northwest Commission, in conjunction with its Advisory Committee, has participated in a goods movement study, congestion and intermodal management system analysis and transportation enhancement project selection. The Commission firmly believes that an improved transportation system is integral to overall economic development.

Northwest Regional Transportation System

Airports:

Commercial, passenger and airfreight service is available at Erie International in Erie and Venango Regional in Franklin.

Business airports are located in Clarion, Corry, Meadville, Titusville, and Greenville.

Highways:

The region is served by Interstates 79, 80, and 90. National Highway System designated roads include U.S. 322, 62, and 6 and State Routes 28, 18, 8, 5, and 17.  Other important corridors include Routes 408/77 and Route 27.  All Keystone Opportunity Zones are served by highways listed above.

Railroads:

The Northwest RPO region is served by Class 1, shortline, and regional freight railroads: Norfolk Southern Corporation, Buffalo and Pittsburgh, Western New York and Pennsylvania, and the Oil Creek and Titusville Railroad.

Rail Freight Funding Program