Senate transportation bill includes Recreational Trails Program
May 14, 2014
PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- The
transportation bill announced Tuesday by U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and
the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee includes a reauthorization of
the Recreational Trails Program, the American Motorcyclist Association reports.
The Recreational Trails Program is an $85 million initiative that funds
motorized recreational trails. The program is funded by the excise tax that
off-highway-vehicle users pay when purchasing fuel for their vehicles.
The RTP was also included in the administration's transportation proposal, the
GROW America Act.
"We are very happy to see the RTP included in the Senate bill," said
Wayne Allard, AMA vice president of government relations. "But we
recognize that this represents just one step in the approval process. And, it
is only one of the many proposals we would like to see included in the final
In addition to reauthorizing the RTP, the AMA seeks an end to federal funding
of motorcycle-only checkpoints; measures that ensure anti-distracted driving
provisions are implemented; language that includes motorcyclists in
vehicle-to-vehicle communication studies; and formal recognition of the
benefits of motorcycling.
"We hope that the Senate Commerce Committee and the Committee on Banking,
Housing and Urban Affairs, as well as the House of Representatives, also
recognize the importance of all of these measures to the future of motorcycling,"
Allard said. "We look forward to working with the committees to ensure the
motorcycling community's priorities are met," Allard said.
The AMA thanks Sens. Boxer, David Vitter (R-La.), Tom Carper (D-Del.) and John
Barrasso (R-Wyo.) for their work on the Senate bill.