Thank You for Supporting the Recreational Trails Program!
Thank you to all who submitted comments to Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) asking him to protect national trails funding. Hundreds of mountain bikers acted on behalf of IMBA’s request that the Senator refrain from introducing an amendment to the federal transportation bill that would eliminate the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP). TAP houses the Recreational Trails Program (RTP), which funds trail projects across the U.S. that benefit recreational users, including mountain bikers.
Your letters to the Senator helped shape his decision: he has opted not to introduce the amendment to the Senate Finance Committee. TAP will continue to be funded from the Highway Trust Fund (HTF), therefore providing dollars to the RTP. Thank you again for taking action on this issue!
RTP funds are consistently under fire and IMBA works hard as members of a greater coalition endeavoring to keep those funds on the table for recreational user groups, especially because the mountain bike community is particularly adept at utilizing them for trail projects.
IMBA’s government affairs team will continue to keep you updated on the status of the RTP as further developments arise and require local support.