Recreational Trails Program

Preliminary Report on State Trail Projects
Source: Coalition for Recreational Trails

In 1999, The RTP was part of, first, the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (ISTEA), then the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) in 1998 and, most recently, the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) in 2005.

In July 2000, again in cooperation with the FHWA, CRT initiated an update of the database. In October 2001, FHWA and CRT entered into a three-year agreement, with the American Recreation Coalition (ARC) acting as CRT's agent, to continue the database project on a more systematic basis. In September 2006, ARC - again on behalf of the CRT - signed a five-year cooperative agreement with the FHWA to update the database, expand the type of information it included, and enhance its utility as an online resource.

In August 2007, the first phase of a two-part data collection effort was initiated, requesting data for the years 2004-2006. The second phase, which involved asking individual states to use a Web-based application to provide additional project information, was initiated some months later.

As of May 31, 2010, 48 states and the District of Columbia had submitted information on their RTP projects and funding through 2009. The total RTP funding now reported has reached $545,730,498 and has been matched by $436,647,396 in other funding.

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