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Defend Trails, Walking and Bicycling from Recent Attacks

On August 13, 2010, states were notified that they had less than two weeks to rescind $2.2 billion in transportation funds to the Federal Highway Administration. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy President Keith Laughlin sent letters to the governors and transportation directors of all 50 states and the District of Columbia encouraging the state to not disproportionately target Transportation Enhancements (TE), the nation’s largest funding source for trails, walking and bicycling.

While some states respected TE and made proportional (or no) cuts relative to its total share of funding, other states did not follow this path. In total, nearly $580 million was cut from TE—representing more than 25 percent of the total rescission and the equivalent of nearly eight months worth of TE funding.

The following states cut many times TE’s proportional share:

Alabama Florida* Michigan New York Pennsylvania
Arizona Georgia Montana North Carolina South Dakota
Arkansas Idaho Nebraska North Dakota Tennessee
California Kentucky Nevada Ohio Texas
Colorado Louisiana New Jersey Oklahoma Washington
Connecticut Massachusetts New Mexico Oregon Wisconsin

If your state is not listed above, please see our action alert for states that treated TE fairly.

(*Floridians, please take this action instead.)

Please write to your governor below to express your concern about these cuts. Personalizing the message will increase its impact to your decision-makers.

For more details on the cuts to TE, please see RTC’s rescission analysis. Or, for an entertaining read on what rescissions are and how to interpret feedback from your state, read RTC's "Funny Money" article.

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