Recreational Trails Program (RTP) Update ~ Klobuchar Amendment
The Senate's version of the transportation bill (MAP-21) does NOT include dedicated funding for the Recreational Trails Program. However, Senator Klobuchar (D-MN) will present an amendment to restore dedicated funding to RTP at the appropriate time. (The amendment could be offered as early as next week.) This would restore RTP authorization as a stand-alone program, as well as fund it at 2009 levels. The House transportation bill maintains dedicated funding for the RTP. We need the Senate to correct this in their bill as well! Download letter to send to your Senators supporting the Klobuchar amendment...
ACTION NEEDED: PLEASE CALL and ask your Senators to support Senator Klobuchar's amendment to restore dedicated funding for the Recreational Trails Program in the Senate transportation bill (MAP-21).
"ASK" FOR SENATORS:
As a user-pay/user-benefit program, dedicated funding for the RTP should be included in the Senate transportation bill (MAP-21). Will you support the Klobuchar amendment to MAP-21, which restores dedicated funding for the Recreational Trails Program? This amendment makes the Senate bill consistent with language that is already in the House bill.
Download Recreational Trails Program Talking Points
Transportation Enhancements (TE) and Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Update ~
There is a similar campaign to support an amendment to protect Enhancements and Safe Routes to School sponsored by Senator Cardin (D-MD) and Senator Cochran (R-MS) in the Senate transportation bill (see text of the amendment). American Trails enthusiastically supports this amendment as well and is working hard for its passage. Download letter to send to your Senators supporting the Cardin/Cochran amendment...
IMMEDIATE OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE:
The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, one of our valued partners, has written organizational sign-on letters in support of two amendments which would restore dedicated funding for trails and bike/ped programs. To join the many groups supporting either or both amendments, please respond to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org by February 13. Provide your logo and indicate your organization's support for:
1. Just Cardin/Cochran or
2. Just Klobuchar or
We encourage you to ask your Senators to
support BOTH amendments!
Working together - works! There is strength in numbers!
CLICK HERE to contact your Senators.
Visit our Blog: "Working Together: taking the long view of funding"
Thank you for your efforts on behalf of trails!