| ThursdaySept. 7, 2017, 8:39 p.m.

Organizers are stepping up efforts to develop a 1,300-mile recreational trail connecting the Sept. 11 attack sites — at the Flight 93 National Memorial near Shanksville, to the World Trade Center memorial in New York City, to the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

This week, Thomas “Tom” Baxter IV, one of the developers of the Three Rivers Heritage Trail, which traces the banks of Pittsburgh’s rivers, was named executive director of the September 11th National Memorial Trail.

“Naming Tom as executive director and the energy on the alignment of these trails are significant today,” said Andrew Hamilton of Bucks County, board chairman for the September 11th National Memorial Trail.

Technically, the trail exists as a patchwork of previously developed trail segments and secondary, less-traveled roads in seven states — West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, New York, Maryland and Virginia — and the District of Columbia.

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