Urge Your Senators to Support the RTP

“Dear Colleague” Letter is an Opportunity for Your Senator to Support the Recreational Trails Program

As you know, the Recreational Trails Program (RTP), arguably the most important government program ever created to benefit motorized recreation, is funded through transportation authorization legislation.  The current authorization is set to expire later this year so Members of Congress and their staffs are working on developing legislation to reauthorize transportation funding or to extend the existing law.

You will recall that the last time Congress passed a transportation funding bill RTP was nearly left out, but thankfully some champions stepped in to save the program.  These same champions, Senators Klobuchar (D-MN), Risch (R-ID), Shaheen (D-NH) and Burr (R-NC) have taken an important step in ensuring that RTP is protected at the beginning of the process this time by circulating a letter open to all Senators to sign on to that urges key Committee leadership to protect this vital program.

Please send an email to your Senators encouraging them to sign the letter in support of the RTP.


The RTP funds the development and maintenance of thousands of miles of motorized and non-motorized trails.  It exists and is funded as part of legislation that authorizes Federal surface transportation programs for highways, highway safety, and transit.  The most recent reauthorization is set to expire this year, meaning that a new authorization bill must be approved. 

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