Take action now to
support the federal Recreational Trails Program
PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- U.S. Reps. Mike Michaud
(D-Maine) and Tom Petri (R-Wis.) released a
"Dear Colleague" letter asking members of the
House of Representatives to sign a letter to the
leadership of the House Transportation and
Infrastructure Committee in support of the
Recreational Trails Program (RTP) that provides
funding for trails, the American Motorcyclist
Association (AMA) reports.
The RTP is a Federal Highway Administration
(FHWA)-administered program. It was first
created in the 1991 transportation bill (ISTEA)
and operates through state trail programs, with
the active involvement of diverse trail
interests represented on mandated state trail
advisory councils. Funding is provided by taxes
generated from fuel used in off-highway
Michaud and Petri have placed a July 17
deadline for collecting signatures.
Therefore, time is of the essence, and the AMA
and its sister organization, the All-Terrain
Vehicle Association (ATVA), are encouraging all
members, motorized recreation enthusiasts and
rights activists to contact their U.S.
representatives and ask them to sign the letter.
Because the deadline is this Friday, July 17,
the fastest way to reach your members of
Congress is to call them. You can find contact
information for your representatives in the
Rapid Response Center at
AmericanMotorcyclist.com. Click on "Rights,"
then "Issues & Legislation," and enter your zip
code in the "Find your Officials" box.
Additionally, a prewritten e-mail is available
for you to send to your U.S. representatives by
clicking on the "Take Action" link and entering
The bipartisan letter thanks the leadership
for including the RTP in the Surface
Transportation Authorization Act. The letter
also makes three specific requests:
- That RTP funding levels in the legislation to
be set at $690 million over six years -- $90
million in 2010, $100 million in 2011, $110
million in 2012, $120 million in 2013, $130
million in 2014, and $140 million in 2015.
- That $2.5 million be allocated to a federal
Transportation Department study of off-highway
recreational fuel use to ensure that the level
of RTP funding reflects the amount of federal
fuel taxes paid for off-highway fuel usage.
- That the funds allocated to the FHWA for
administering the RTP each year be adjusted from
a set amount to 1 percent of the actual
available annual funding to ensure that
sufficient administrative resources are
available for the program.
All AMA and ATVA members, and anyone else who
enjoys responsible recreation on trails, are
urged to contact their representatives and ask
them to sign on to the Michaud/Petri letter
addressed to the leadership of the House
Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in
support of the RTP.
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