There has been a lot of news coverage and analysis recently
of a federal government sequestration and its potential impacts. At
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, our experienced policy and research staff have
been mining their sources and sorting through all available information to
estimate what impact sequestration could have on our movement for better
trails, biking and walking.
The US Department of Transportation has determined that
monies in the Highway Trust Fund are protected from sequestration. However, we
can expect some cuts to transportation funds that do not come from gas taxes,
which could marginally reduce road investments and multi-modal programs such as
In addition, programs administered by other federal agencies
that promote healthy, safe transportation and trails may also be cut. These
programs include the Community Development Block Grants, CDC Community
Transformation Grants, Department of Interior funds for trails, and other
Here are some actions you can take to mitigate program
losses due to sequestration.
1. Push project sponsors and state agencies to obligate
funds as early as possible. As time goes on there will be less money available
for unobligated projects.
2. Propose projects with higher than required local matches.
Reducing the federal share will help the money go further.
3. Encourage state DOTs to use money from their safety
programs for projects that benefit trails, biking and walking. Safety programs
aren't being subject to the same cuts and thus have more money available. These
funds can be used for education initiatives, encouragement campaigns and safety
improvements to roadways.
Please take a moment to pass on this informational post to
friends and colleagues in the trails and active transportation movement who
might be interested. We will keep you updated as we learn more.
Mr.Laughin.Your doing a great job,I support you.Trails are the way to go.With all the texting,people talking and driving,its the only safe way to go.
Thank God for lower federal spending, and thank God for trails! These need not be mutually exclusive. Good work, rails-to-trails!
Cutting the federal budget by only a fraction of what it has grown by in the past few years is not a major event. In fact, it should be cut more. Trails can thrive while the federal budget shrinks.
Regarding cutting fed budget not being a big deal I guess that depends on who one asks. Has the population declined in past year? Don't think so, so any cut does impact. To think r to t is very high on budget cutters priority list is pretty naive I'd say.
I agree with Steve and Mike. We have to cut spending. And we must all participate. My income has been cut due to sequestration on top of other cuts. Trails CAN thrive in this environment.
Sequestration Should mean very little to trails or any thing else. A 2 percent cut in the increase spending means they will have 98 percent of the increase which means the federal government will spend 15-18 billion more this year than last. It in my understanding that most of the money for trails comes from the gas tax. I don't believe the gas tax is affected by sequestration. In Pennsylvania we are getting money from the gas drilling operation. There is never enough money but we are grateful for what have.
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