The full Senate is gearing up to vote on its version of a transportation bill. U.S. Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) has introduced an amendment to H.R. 22, the DRIVE Act, which would eliminate the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP).
This proposal would eliminate all funding for the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) because the RTP derives its funding from the Transportation Alternatives Program. RTP is an important funding source for the management of both motorized and non-motorized trail opportunities throughout the country.
The RTP was created on a bipartisan basis in 1991 to provide funds to the states to develop and maintain recreational trails and trail-related facilities for both non-motorized and motorized recreational trail uses. Funds for the RTP come from excise taxes generated by the purchase of fuel used for off-highway vehicle recreation — by snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles, off-highway motorcycles and off-highway light trucks.
Throughout its history, the RTP has proven to be very successful in helping to fulfill the needs of recreationists of all types. The program currently funds recreational trails across the country at a level of $85 million annually. Losing this program would be a big loss to both motorized and non-motorized recreationists. In addition, RTP-funded projects attract trail users region-wide, and bring added tourism revenue to local communities.
Now more than ever, it is crucial that you and your riding friends become members of groups like ATVAM and the American Motorcycle Association (AMA) to help us protect our riding freedoms. More members means more clout against the opponents of motorized sports, and your support will help fight for your rights – on the road, trail, racetrack, and in the halls of government.
The Blue Ribbon Coalition has joined with the AMA in issuing a CODE RED partner alert.
Please go to the AMA alert HERE and petition Congress to continue its support for recreational trails.