Dear Campaign Partner,
As we emailed you last week, the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee recently released a draft of the next multi-year surface transportation bill, “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act” (MAP-21). In that email, I laid out some of our concerns with the legislation.
This week, the National Transportation Enhancements Clearinghouse (NTEC)—an information service jointly sponsored by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and the Federal Highway Administration that monitors the Transportation Enhancements (TE) program—released a memo analyzing the draft bill and comparing it to the current legislation, SAFETEA-LU*.
The memo contains in-depth analysis of the bill's contents. In particular, I draw your attention to the expensive new eligibilities that will compete with trails, walking and bicycling, including wetland mitigation, noise walls, stormwater treatment plants and routine mowing and brush removal.
Download and read this highly informative memo now.
Vice President of Policy and Trail Development
* Safe, Accountable, Flexible and Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users