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Campaign planned to renovate Johnstown Inclined Plane

Posted June 16

— City officials in central Pennsylvania are planning a fundraising campaign to renovate a 100-year-old lift that's a major tourist attraction.

The Tribune-Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/2sxsrvi ) the Cambria County Transit Authority met with local leaders Thursday to discuss a $10 million project to overhaul the Johnstown Inclined Plane — which carries people and vehicles up and down a 900-foot mountainside. CamTran hopes to raise $350,000.

The agency plans to rehab the Inclined Plane's cars, modernize the electrical system and add better lighting.

The Cambria Iron Company built the incline after a devastating flood in 1889. Since then, it's been used to help carry residents to safety and transport emergency personnel in times of need.

CamTran marketing director Josh Yoder says the company hopes to start fundraising late this summer.

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