Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Federal Funds for Trails

The U.S. Senate passed the stimulus package today. Officially known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan, the Senate version left out something that the House version had that is very important to trail lovers -- funding for Transportation Enhancements.

The Rails to Trails Conservancy, of which the Friends of the Katy Trail is a member, identified more than $3.4 billion worth of shovel-ready Transportation Enhancement projects that create new bicycle and pedestrian routes and trails across the country. Among those, the Katy Trail leadership has identified almost $8 million in projects that improve the Katy Trail or make important connections to other trails and destinations.

If you'd like to help make sure these Transportation Enhancement funds remain in the final bill, simply call or email your U.S. Representative and encourage them to protect these funds as this bill goes to the House-Senate conference committee.


Anonymous said...

As much as I love the Katy Trail, this seems like the kind of "pork" that Obama promised he'd get rid of.

Anonymous said...

I support pork spending to make people less porky.

Anonymous said...

I'd rather have an honest president.