Senator Shaheen Co-Sponsors RTP Amendment and Votes for Transportation Bill

By Larry Gomes
March 15, 2012

Editors Note:  The letter below was received on March 1, 2012 in response to a request sent in by me on February 13, 2012 asking Senator Shaheen to support the efforts of Minnesota Senator Klobucha to include an amendment to restore dedicated funding for the Recreational Trails Program in the upcoming Transportation Bill. 

Senator Shaheen not only supported those efforts, but she became a co-sponsor of this amendment along with 6 other Senators.

On March 13, 2012 a manager's package containing technical corrections and modifications was passed and this included a provision to restore dedicated Recreational Trails Program funding at FY 2009 levels.

On March 14, 2012, the Senate passed the Transportation Bill 74 to 22.  It will now go to the House where it needs to be acted on by April 1st or many federal road programs could grind to a halt.

Dear Larry,

Thank you for contacting my office about federal funding for transportation programs that support bicycle and pedestrian activities.

I appreciate hearing from you about the positive impact of these initiatives on our communities.  The thousands of miles of multi-use recreational trails on federal, state and private land in New Hampshire are a critical economic resource for our state. For example, according to a Plymouth State University study, our snowmobile trails have a positive economic impact of approximately $1.2 billion on our state each year.

Furthermore, access to trails for walking, biking and skiing helps build safer, healthier communities. I have repeatedly voted to safeguard the federal programs that make these community transportation initiatives possible, including the Transportation Enhancement program, the Recreational Trails Program and the Safe Routes to School Program.

As the Senate continues debate on the surface transportation reauthorization bill, I will fight on behalf of these programs and their recreational and safety activities, in the hope that they will continue to receive the appropriate support that they deserve.

Thank you again for sharing your thoughts with me and please do not hesitate to contact my office with any future concerns.

Jeanne Shaheen
United States Senator



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