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Reauthorization of TEA eyed by Coalition for Recreational Trails

The Coalition for Recreational Trails is developing an action plan that will cooperate with others involved in TEA-21 reauthorization.

From The Coalition for Recreational Trails

The Coalition for Recreational Trails (CRT) is pursuing its strategy to support reauthorization of federal transportation programs and ensure continued funding for trails and greenways. CRT is a federation of all national trails groups and many state and regional recreation organizations with an interest in the Recreational Trails Program. The Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA 21), enacted in 1998, expires September 30, 2003, so attention is being focused on its reauthorization.

In particular, two funding programs have been a tremendous benefit for trails: the Recreational Trails Program (currently $50 million nationwide) and Transportation Enhancements (bike/ped facilities, historic preservation, and other projects). The National Governors Association noted May 3 that "Despite the current Administration's full support of TEA-21 as revealed in its recently released FY 2002 budget blueprint, full funding of authorized levels for highway and mass transit may face an uphill battle as reauthorization of TEA-21 is debated in upcoming years."

The American Public Transportation Association believes that "Congress is likely to begin the process of reviewing the existing law and writing new legislation during 2002 and 2003." Trail advocates, however, are not waiting until then.

The Coalition for Recreational Trails is developing an action plan that will cooperate with others involved in TEA-21 reauthorization:

  • Develop materials on the benefits of the Recreational Trails Program (RTP)
  • Work with State trails program agencies on importance of RTP funding and reauthorization
  • Ensure that Members of Congress are aware of key trail projects in their districts
  • Develop press office contacts with agencies
  • Provide opportunities for media events.

 

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