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Data on Recreational Trails Program funding analyzed

The Recreational Trails Program, first established in 1991 and then reauthorized as part of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21), returns a portion of federal gasoline taxes generated by non-highway recreation to the states for trail-related purposes. Currently, the program receives $50 million in annual funding. The members of the CRT work together to build awareness and understanding of the RTP, to support its effective implementation and to help ensure that it receives adequate funding.

During the awards ceremony, CRT Co-Chair Dean Tice also reported some of the findings from a recent data-collection effort undertaken by CRT to measure the impact and importance of the RTP. Its review of over 2,500 projects funded by the RTP since the program's inception revealed that:

Mr. Tice also announced that the data-collection effort, which had been undertaken in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration, would be continued for a second year.

The table categorizes the uses of the funding, showing the number of projects in each category out of 2,524 reported:

Project Type

Number of projects

Trail construction or development

559

Bridge construction or renovation

245

Trailheads, parking, restrooms

215

Trail maintenance

100

Sign purchase or installation

163

Trail renovation or relocation

147

Trail equipment purchased

98

Snow trail grooming

84

Education

16

Every category of trail recreation was represented. Projects that reported on trail use show this diversity by category:

Project Type

percent of projects

Number of projects

Hiking

56%

625

Mountain biking

43%

474

Walking

38%

427

Equestrian

28%

307

Cross Country Skiing

27%

298

Snowmobiling

24%

266

Road biking

19%

217

Running

21%

230

All terrain vehicle riding

18%

214

Off road motorcycling

15%

163

Four wheel driving

8%

88

Snowshoeing

5%

57

Paddling (canoeing, kayaking)

1%

14

For a state-by-state analysis of projects funded by the Recreational Trails Program and information on RTP funding: www.AmericanTrails.org. Click on "Resources & Library," then click on "Federal Funding."


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