The Recreational Trails Program, a federal fund within the Highway Trust Fund, provides money to states to build and maintain trails for all users. The future of this key program, which has helped build thousands of miles of hiking and biking trails throughout the country, is up in the air as the federal aid highway program is up for reauthorization in September. U.S. Representatives Mike Michaud (D-ME) and Tom Petri (R-WI) are leading a fight to reauthorize the RTP with $690 million in funding over six years, but another faction within the Senate, led by John McCain, is questioning the necessity of such a program, calling bike lanes and trails “pet projects.”
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