Voice Your Support for the Recreational Trails Program

Every few years Congress passes a multiyear national surface transportation bill. This bill funds transportation projects and programs such as the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) which provides money for state and local trail projects.

The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure has announced a series of field hearings that will take place in February on the next multiyear national surface transportation bill. The Committee will seek input on priorities for the bill.

If you live near one of the scheduled hearings this is an opportunity to voice support of the RTP Program and the benefit it provides to equestrians.

Scheduled Hearings
2/17    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2/18    Scranton, Pennsylvania and Rochester, New York
2/19   Columbus, Ohio – Ohio State House, Senate Finance Hearing Room, 1 Capitol Square – This field hearing of the Full Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m.
2/19    Indianapolis, Indiana
2/20    Chicago, Illinois
2/21    Vancouver, Washington
2/22    Fresno, California
2/23    Los Angeles, California
2/24    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
2/24    Jonesboro, Arkansas
2/25    Memphis, Tennessee

Contact your Representative’s local office to get times and exact locations. Find your Representative HERE.

About the Recreational Trails Program

  • The RTP provides funding directly to the states for recreational trails and trail-related facilities for both non-motorized and motorized recreational trail uses. The RTP will have to be re-authorized in the next national surface transportation program bill if it is to continue.
  • Since its inception the RTP has provided approximately $700 million for thousands of state and local trail projects across the country, including many that benefit equestrians. RTP projects consist of construction, maintenance and restoration of trails and trail related facilities as well as the acquisition of easements or property for trails.
  • Although each state manages its own program, 30% of RTP funds must be spent on non-motorized projects like equestrian trails, 30% on motorized, and 40% percent on multiuse projects.
  • The RTP is one of the few sources for federal funding of trail projects that are not on federal land.  The program is a great resource for equestrians to fund projects in their state and local parks.
  • The AHC in conjunction with a broad coalition of recreational users has been working to ensure RTP is included in any national highway bill passed by Congress.