Congress is working on the next major federal transportation bill, which will guide how decisions are made about transportation spending—including funding for trails, walking and biking—for years to come.
Four bills have been introduced that are part of a comprehensive funding strategy to create an active transportation system for the nation.
The “Connecting America’s Active Transportation System Act” (H.R. 5696 and S. 3391) would provide $500 million annually in direct funding for a competitive grant program to help communities and regions build connected active-transportation infrastructure—trails, sidewalks, bikeways and other projects—to ensure people can get where they need to go safely by foot, bike or wheelchair.
The “Transportation Alternatives Enhancements Act” (H.R. 5231) will grow Transportation Alternatives, the largest federal funding source for trails, walking and biking—and curb transfers from the program so that meaningful opportunities are provided in all states to develop safe places to walk and bike.
The “RTP Full Funding Act of 2020” (H.R. 5797) would triple funding for the Recreational Trails Program (RTP), the only federal funding source that supports trail maintenance, to reflect recreational fuel taxes and ensure good repair as trails age.
The “Active Transportation for Public Lands Act” (H.R. 5642) sets aside 5% of the Federal Lands Transportation Program and Federal Lands Access Program for active transportation to provide funding for construction, planning and design of walking and biking facilities to accommodate all nondrivers and provide access to points of interest in our Federal Estate.