The House and Senate are currently in conference over the federal transportation bill. This is the funding authorization that supports key programs for advocates of trails, biking, and walking: Recreational Trails Program, Transportation Enhancements, and Safe Routes to School.
The Conference Committee includes 34 Senators and Representatives who are attempting to reconcile differences between MAP-21, the Senate version of the transportation bill passed earlier this year, and H.R. 7, the House version of the bill that did not pass the House.
Currently, the Senate and House conferees are going back and forth with counter proposals that could gravely affect the progress that has been made to include dedicated funding for the Recreational Trails Program, Transportation Enhancements, and Safe Routes to School in MAP-21, the Senate Bill!
The Conference Committee has until the end of June to arrive at a compromise on Transportation funding, and it depends on you whether your Members of Congress will support trails and bike/ped facilities in this bill.
It's especially important to contact your member of Congress if they are on the Conference Committee, but all members need to hear that you support funding for trails and bike/ped facilities now!
PLEASE CALL or EMAIL your Senators and Representative and ask them to support trails and bike/ped facilities! Ask them to retain the compromises already reached on Recreational Trails, Transportation Enhancements, and Safe Routes to School in MAP-21, the Senate's version of the Transportation Bill. We must have dedicated funding for these programs! Ask them to stand firm in protecting these critical programs!
Call or email your members of Congress now:
CLICK HERE to contact your Senators.
CLICK HERE to contact your Representatives.
Stay up to date, by visiting these pages on the American Trails website.
Thank you once again for your efforts on behalf of trails!
Jill Boullion, Executive Director
P.S. Things will be changing fast over the next few weeks, so to keep up to date on current actions/opportunities, please check the American Trails "Take Action" page often.