Trails Action Alert: Transportation Enhancements
Thanks to everyone who contacted your Representative on Wednesday, September 3, asking them to vote to restore guaranteed funding for the Transportation Enhancements program. THe vote was successful in preserving TE funding. Please watch for more information on the process of resuthorization of the entire SAFETEA program, which provides funds for trails, bike/ped facilities, and many other important programs.
To CONTACT ANY MEMBER at their D.C. office, you can call the U.S. Capital Switchboard: 202-224-3121 and ask to be transferred. To locate your Representative on the Web go to: www.house.gov.
For America Bikes' useful excerpts from newspaper editorials, see: http://www.magnetmail.net/images/clients/AmTrails/attach/TEpress.doc.
Also, Outside Magazine headlined an article on this issue today. They claim a reach of approximately 2 million readers. To read, go to: http://web.outsideonline.com/news/headlines/20030902_1.html
To find editorials/articles from across the country, there's a good selection on the Rails-to-Trails website: http://www.railtrails.org/../news/mediacoverage/default.asp
Thank you for your prompt action! Every vote is critical! With your help, this program can still be saved!
--Pam Gluck, Executive Director American Trails
Congress established the TE program in 1991 as a guarantee to their constituents that a small percentage of their gas tax dollars would be targeted to small-scale, community-initiated, locally selected transportation projects. H.R. 2989 breaks that promise, and contradicts the intent of ISTEA and TEA-21 to provide balanced, intermodal transportation networks.
Congress created the program because state departments of transportation were simply not investing in projects supporting bicycling, walking, trails, scenic or historic preservation, and other enhancements to the transportation system.
Under H.R. 2989, absent Sec. 114, Transportation Enhancements would receive approximately $812 million per year. (In the last year of TEA-21, the TE share was about $600 million.)
Please contact your US Congress Representative before Labor Day. Ask them to vote to restore guaranteed funding for the Transportation Enhancements program. Ask them to vote in favor of Representative Petris amendment to strike Section 114 from the transportation appropriations bill (H.R. 2989). Better yet, ask them to co-sponsor Representative Petris amendment!
Congress members are back in their districts through the end of August. This is a great opportunity to make an appointment to see them. If you cant get an appointment, please make that call or send an email or a letter.
To CONTACT ANY MEMBER (or their staff) at their D.C. office, you can call the U.S. Capital Switchboard: 202-224-3121 and ask to be transferred.
To locate your Representative on the Web: www.house.gov.
The Rails to Trails Conservancy has posted state-by-state information on projects that is extremely valuable if you are talking to your congress member or their staff. Visit http://www.railtrails.org/whatwedo/policy/tea21b.asp for Pie charts which summarize each state's spending by TE activity.
Visit the Transportation Enhancements Clearinghouse: www.enhancements.org.
Visit the American Trails Website: www.americantrails.org.
The WAYS YOU CAN HELP
After you have spoken with your Congressional office, please provide feedback to me at email@example.com and to RTC's Manager of Trails Advocacy, Ken Rosenfeld, at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are in an information loop with the rest of the Transportation Enhancements Coalition and our allies in Congress. Please forward a copy of any articles written in "your community" and resolutions you secure.
Every vote on this bill will be critical!
Thank you for your help!
Pam Gluck, Executive Director
P.O. Box 491797
Redding, CA 96049-1797
Support the work American Trails does to serve the trails community: http://www.americantrails.org/JOINAMTR.html
Plan now to attend American Trails' 17th National Trails Symposium, October 21-24, 2004 in Austin, Texas. See details on the American Trails website: www.AmericanTrails.org.