The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is the ONLY federal funding source for multi-use singletrack trails.
RTP is in grave danger in both chambers of the U.S. Congress. This week, both the House and Senate are expected to vote on their respective transportation bills.
In the Senate, RTP is eliminated, but U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) is offering an amendment to restore dedicated funding.
In the House, RTP was included in legislation forwarded by the committee, but Rep. Steve King (R-IA) has an amendment to eliminate the program. The entire House of Representatives hears the bill later this week.
Take Action in the Senate!
Call your U.S. Senator today at 202-224-3121 and ask them to “VOTE YES on the Klobuchar amendment to MAP-21,” or use this easy e-mail form from the American Motorcyclists Association.
Take Action in the House!
Call your U.S. Representative at 202-225-3121 and ask them to “VOTE NO on amendment #230 by Rep. Steve King (R-IA) that will eliminate the Recreational Trails Program.”
See below for a sample script for your calls and emails. Find your Senator or Representative.
RTP funding provides $85 million annually for trail construction and maintenance. Since 1993, RTP has funded more than 15,000 projects nationwide and leverages local and state funding. Only a small portion of federal funds collected are returned to the program for motorized and non-motorized trail projects.
Read more here.
Additionally, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Thad Cochran (R-MS) are offering a floor amendment to restore funding forTransportation Enhancements and Safe Routes to School programs. The League of American Bicyclists has provided a simple way to register your support for these programs.
Here is a quick script:
Senate: “Hi, I am calling to ask (your Senator’s name) to VOTE YES on the Klobuchar amendment to MAP-21 that will restore dedicated funding to the Recreational Trails Program.”
House: “Hi, I am calling to ask (your Representative’s name) to VOTE NO on Amendment #230 by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) that would eliminate the Recreational Trails Program in the transportation bill (H.R. 7). “
Eliminating dedicated funding for the RTP violates the “user-pay and user-benefit” philosophy undergirding the nation’s surface transportation program. Eliminating funding converts a legitimate user fee into an unfair tax.
Organized trail planning and development will simply vanish in many areas of the country. The elimination of the RTP represents a substantial new tax on motorized recreation enthusiasts. Ending dedicated funding for RTP takes these gas taxes away from the people who pay them.