Action needed TODAY
The Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee has approved a bipartisan two-year highway reauthorization bill (S. 1813) known as MAP-21(Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century). As now written, this bill will dramatically reduce the available funding for Transportation Enhancements (TE), the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) and Safe Routes to School (SR2S) by consolidating them into the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) fund along with bridge and highway programs. After 20 years, the dedicated 10 percent set-aside for bike and pedestrian programs has also been eliminated and states would be allowed to opt out of TEP, RTP, and SR2S and instead redirect funds to highway construction. This is one of the most serious challenges ever to these bike-ped programs since they were first created 20 years ago. Read the response from national biking and walking organizations.
Even if your community has not yet benefited from TEP, RTP or SR2S funding, chances are you’ve enjoyed riverwalks, greenways, and other trails through New York and the nation – opportunities that would never have existed without these programs.
The full Senate could vote as early as December 1st, so please contact Senators Schumer and Gillibrand IMMEDIATELY. Let them know how important these programs are to you, your family, and your community now and for years to come. Ask them to offer an amendment to the MAP 21 bill to eliminate the opt-out provision and restore dedicated funding for biking and walking.