“This bill represents an admirable effort by the T&I committee, in collaboration with its Senate counterparts, to reaffirm their infrastructure priorities in terms of climate and equity, which puts more emphasis on the importance walking and cycling for transport, ”said Kevin mills, RTC Vice President of Policy.
Key sections of the Trails and Active Transportation Bill include Subsidies for neighborhood access and equity (article 110003), which provide $ 4 billion in competitive grants and specify eligibility for regional active transport networks and thorns connecting communities, explicitly creating a funding mechanism for active transport connectivity grants. These grants can fund projects designed to strategically connect trails and active transportation systems, making it safer and more convenient for people to walk and cycle to where they need to go, and provide the infrastructure needed to adapt to the change of mode necessary to provide a meaningful climate and climate. community benefits.
Community climate incentive grants (article 110002) provide $ 3 billion in competitive grants for local projects that reduce carbon emissions, including zero-emission transportation options and those that reduce reliance on single-occupant vehicle travel, goals perfectly aligned with active transportation.
“Trails are essential infrastructure,” said Mills. “As Congress sets its budget priorities alongside the infrastructure bill, the benefits of walking and cycling cannot be overlooked. Active transportation is essential to the economy and the climate, as well as to creating safe and equitable communities. The bipartisan infrastructure bill includes important programs for trails. , walking and cycling, but these programs need secured funding to ensure their impact. The new funding eligibility in the reconciliation bill creates a starting point. ”
RTC’s study, Active Transportation Transforms America, attributes $ 34.1 billion annually in economic activity in active transportation, with the potential to grow up to $ 138.5 billion annually as the connectivity of the trail and active transportation networks improves. In addition, the value of fuel savings resulting from switching from short car trips to walking and cycling trips, the use of walking and cycling to access public transport, inducing mixed use and reducing congestion. is actually $ 3.3 billion annually, which could reach nearly $ 22 billion annually. With a large mode change, the amount of CO2 saved annually could reach 54 million metric tons.
The set of bills the RTC advocates in Congress has been championed by hundreds of national, state and local organizations, representing interests as diverse as cycling and walking, health, transportation reform, environment, disability rights and planning, and local communities in our country. elected officials. Over 25,000 people have signed a petition supporting RTC’s vision. Taken together, these bills propose policy changes essential to federal funding for active transportation in order to strategically target investments and maximize the role of trails and other active transportation infrastructure in contributing to job creation and growth. healthy, safe, accessible and equitable communities.
Learn more about the RTC’s efforts to inspire a visionary transportation reauthorization bill at railstotrails.org/trailstransform, and follow the comments on social media using the hashtag #TrailsTransform.
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is the country’s largest trail organization – with a grassroots community of over a million people – dedicated to building a nation connected by trails, reimagining public spaces to create safe ways for everyone to walk, cycle and be active outdoors. Connect with RTC at railstotrails.org and @railstotrails on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Patricia Brooks, [email protected], 202.351.1757
SOURCE Rails-to-Trails Conservancy