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Recreational Trail Program

The American Horse Council is urging all recreational riders to call their senators today.

The American Horse Council
July 24, 2013

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A new amendment to a national transportation bill will strip all funding from the recreational trail program.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has introduced an amendment to the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act that would strip all funding from the recreational trail program.

The American Horse Council is urging all recreational riders to call their senators and ask them to vote no on Senate Amendment 1742 to the 2014 transportation appropriations bill.

The Paul amendment would transfer all funding from the Transportation Alternatives Program to pay for bridge repairs. RTP is part of the Transportation Alternatives Program and would lose all funding in fiscal year 2014 if the amendment passes.

Since its inception, RTP has provided money for thousands of state and local trail projects across the country, including many that benefit equestrians. RTP provides funding directly to states for recreational trails and trail-related facilities for all recreational trail users. It is funded with a portion of the gas taxes paid into the Highway Trust Fund by recreational off-highway vehicle users.
 
Trail users are encouraged to contact their local senators by calling the Congressional switchboard at (202) 225-3121.
 
For more information, contact the American Horse Council.