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American Trails presented "The FAST Act: Advancing Trails with the New Federal Transportation Bill" on April 21, 2016 as a part of the American Trails "Advancing Trails Webinar Series"




"The FAST Act: Advancing Trails with the New Federal Transportation Bill"

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Capital Cresecent Trail, Washington, D.C.

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American Trails presented this Webinar on April 21, 2016. This webinar is presented by Marianne Fowler, Kevin Mills, and Leeann Sinpatanasakul of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy.

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Mount Vernon Trail, Washington, D.C. (Photo Credit: Leo Boudreau)


This webinar looks at the FAST Act legislation passed by the U.S. Congress in December 2015 (Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act or "FAST Act"). The presenters will explain what the legislation means for trail funding of future projects. The presenters will go over changes to the Transportation Alternatives Program that funds walking and bicycling projects, and review the Recreational Trails Program, which remains the same since the last legislation. The webinar will also touch on new provisions to a low-interest loan program (TIFIA), which could help communities—in urban, suburban, or rural areas—more quickly build a complete trail or active transportation network. Join us to hear from experts on what the new legislation says and how the changes can benefit current and future trail work.


Key Learning Points – The FAST Act: Advancing Trails with the New Federal Transportation Act

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Marianne Wesley Fowler

Marianne Wesley Fowler

Marianne Wesley Fowler is the Sr. Strategist for Policy Advocacy for Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC). Based in Washington, D.C., she has led RTC through five reauthorizations of the federal transportation bill. Ms. Fowler has nurtured the growth of the trails movement, for both recreational and transportation purposes, for over 25 years. She led the RTC team tasked with providing coordination and communication services to the Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program. 

Marianne has presented at numerous conferences over the years, including the 2015 International Trails Symposium, speaking then about the role of Federal agencies and Congress in trail funding. She co-authored Trails and Trailways for the 21st Century and collaborated with faculty at the Harvard School of Public Health in researching and writing Factors Associated with Federal Transportation Funding for Local Pedestrian and Bicycle Programming and Facilities.

Ms. Fowler is also the 2nd Vice-Chair of the American Trails Board, co-chairs the Coalition for Recreational Trails, and is immediate past Vice President of America Bikes. Before joining RTC in 1988, she served as the Political Director for the National Women’s Political Caucus. She is a native daughter of Tennessee. Email:


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Kevin Mills

Kevin Mills

Kevin Mills is the Senior Vice President of Policy at Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. Mills' team works to make trail systems accessible to all Americans—and to make bicycling and walking a safe and convenient choice for routine travel—by advocating for public funding, building a broad-based movement for active transportation, and conducting cutting edge research. Kevin has presented at numerous conferences and webinars over the years, determines the research agenda for Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, and is the co-author of the groundbreaking report, Active Transportation for America, making the case for increased Federal investment in bicycling and walking. Kevin also serves as co-chair of the Everybody Walk Collaborative, and founder of the Partnership for Active Transportation. Before joining RTC in spring 2006, Kevin spent over 15 years leading urban sustainability initiatives at Environmental Defense Fund. Email:


Leeann Sinpatanasakul

Leeann Sinpatanasakul

Leeann Sinpatanasakul is the Advocacy Coordinator at Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. Her work supports the policy team by engaging and educating grassroots supporters on important trail policy issues at the national and State levels. Prior to joining RTC, she completed a year of service with AmeriCorps, assessing river health and conducting environmental education at schools, colleges, and in her local north New Jersey communities. Ms. Sinpatanasakul received her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from Rider University and her Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University. Email:




More Resources


American Trails Homepage

American Trails “Resources & Library” webpage

American Trails “Supporting Trails” webpage

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy

Recreational Trails Program Database

Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act Joint Program Office

Transportation Alternatives Data Exchange

Build America Transportation Investment Center (BATIC)

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