Urgent - Speak Up For Trails Today!
As soon as this Tuesday, March 13, there will be action in the U.S. Senate on the transportation bill, also known as MAP-21 or S. 1813. We need to make sure that the bi-partisan Klobuchar amendment -- Amendment #1661 -- to protect the RTP and its dedicated funding is part of the final bill.
Please call or e-mail your Senators about the Klobuchar amendment. If one (or both -- congratulations, Colorado!) of your Senators is a sponsor, thank them for their support and ask for their active help with the amendment this week. If they have not yet agreed to support the amendment, ask for their pledge now.
Your previous help has already made a very big difference.
● Close to 400 national, regional, state and local organizations signed letters to every single Senator supporting the Klobuchar amendment. You made that happen!
● Seven members of the Senate – Democrats and Republicans – agreed to cosponsor the Klobuchar amendment. Richard Burr (R-NC), James Risch (R-ID), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Mark Udall (D-CO), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Bernie Sanders (D-VT). You made that happen!
● And in the House of Representatives, Rep. Steve King withdrew his amendment to eliminate the RTP from the House bill. You made that happen!
The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is the ONLY federal funding source for multi-use singletrack trails, but in the U.S Senate's transportation bill, RTP is eliminated.
U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) is offering an amendment to restore dedicated funding.
Call your U.S. Senator today at 202-224-3121 and ask them to "VOTE YES on the Klobuchar amendment to MAP-21," or use this easy e-mail form from the American Motorcyclists Association.
See below for a sample script for your calls and emails. Find your Senator.
RTP funding provides $85 million annually for trail construction and maintenance. Since 1993, RTP has funded more than 15,000 projects nationwide and leverages local and state funding. Only a small portion of federal funds collected are returned to the program for motorized and non-motorized trail projects.
Read more here.
Here is a quick script:
"Hi, I am calling to ask (your Senator's name) to VOTE YES on the bi-partisan Klobuchar amendment to MAP-21 that will restore dedicated funding to the Recreational Trails Program (Amendment #1661).
Eliminating dedicated funding for the RTP violates the "user-pay and user-benefit" philosophy undergirding the nation's surface transportation program. Eliminating funding converts a legitimate user fee into an unfair tax.
Organized trail planning and development will simply vanish in many areas of the country. The elimination of the RTP represents a substantial new tax on motorized recreation enthusiasts. Ending dedicated funding for RTP takes these gas taxes away from the people who pay them.