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The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) has long been one of ARRA’s top Congressional priorities. Over the past quarter-century the RTP has been the key source of funding for recreational trails across all 50 states and the District of Columbia. However, without Congressional approval before September 30th, the program is at risk of going dormant, creating a huge void for recreational trail development and maintenance funding.
H.R. 5797 would increase the RTP funding nearly threefold by returning more of the gas taxes that we are already pay every time we gas up for off-road activities. The current funding of the RTP is only $84 million annually, but it is estimated that gas taxes paid by off-highway interests are more than $250 million annually!
Despite the uncertain and difficult times from the COVID-19 pandemic, we need to maintain the momentum established upon the introduction of H.R. 5797. Now is the time to provide an economic boost to the recreation economy as Congress considers a large infrastructure bill as well as transportation reauthorization as possibilities for the next phase of COVID-19 related legislation.
Continued development and maintenance of trails across the country would allow for quick construction projects of RTP trails for motorcycles, ATVs, side-by-sides, and snowmobiles, as well as non-motorized trails for other recreational interests. Please participate in this call to action by urging your Members of Congress to cosponsor H.R.5797 and include H.R. 5797 in any transportation reauthorization or infrastructure legislation being considered by Congress in the coming weeks.