This table shows the Recreational Trails Program funds available to the States, obligated (committed) for specific projects, and rescissions made in response to Congressional requirements to rescind Federal-aid highway program funds.
|Allocation:||An administrative distribution of funds for programs that (usually) do not have statutory distribution formulas. Allocations usually are for discretionary programs. However, the National Recreational Trails Funding Program allocated funds to the States in FY 1993, 1996, and 1997 by statutory formula. There were no funds in FY 1992, 1994, or 1995.|
|Apportionment:||The distribution of funds as prescribed by a statutory formula. This table lists the amounts made available to States, after incorporating mandatory reductions taken across the entire Federal-aid highway program in FY 2002, 2003, and 2004. This table does not incorporate rescissions decided by the States.|
|Rescission:||Funds rescinded by the States from amounts available for apportionment. There were rescissions in FY 2001-2011, but no additional rescissions in 2012.|
|Obligation:||The Federal government's legal commitment (promise) to pay or reimburse the States or other entities for the Federal share of a project's eligible costs.|
|Obligational Authority:||The total amount of funds that may be obligated in a year. For the Federal-aid Highway Program this is comprised of the obligation limitation amount plus amounts for programs exempt from the limitation.|
|Obligation Limitation:||A restriction, or "ceiling" on the amount of Federal assistance that may be promised (obligated) during a specified time period. This is a statuatory budgetary control that does not affect the apportionment or allocation of funds. Rather, it controls the rate at which these funds may be used.|
|Obligation Rate:||Percent of obligations compared to the amount available (apportioned and allocated) to the State.|
|Percent Obligation Authority:||Percentage of all Federal-Aid Highway Program authorizations available for obligation, by State, cumulative for FY 1992-2006. If a State's RTP obligation rate is higher than the Percent Obligation Authority, then the State is obligating its RTP funds at a higher rate than for the overall Federal-aid highway program. If a State's RTP obligation rate is lower than the Percent Obligation Authority, then the State is obligating its RTP funds at a lower rate than for the overall Federal-aid highway program.|
|Total to States||1,064,614,933||-61,619,734.97||1,002,995,198||895,565,511.19||84.12%||89.29%||n/a|
Federal-aid Transfers (23 U.S.C. 126)
States may transfer Federal-aid highway program funds among Federal-aid categories under 23 U.S.C. 126 (HTML / PDF). These transfers are not included in the apportionments listed in the Table above.
Funds transferred to the RTP become RTP funds for the purpose of obligation: this may result in an obligation rate greater than 100 percent. Funds transferred from the RTP are no longer available for obligation under the RTP. Use the transfer figures below to calculate the true obligation rate.
* For example: Tennessee transferred Transportation Enhancement (TE) funds to the RTP in several years: FY 2000: $448,112 / FY 2001: $661,701 / FY 2002: $790,617 / FY 2003: $225,547 / FY 2007: $100,000 / FY 2008: $277,778 / TOTAL: $2,503,755. After accounting for these transfers: Tennessee's funds available before rescissions would be $17,568,200; obligation rate of 107.72%. Tennessee's funds available after rescissions would be $16,900,965.83; obligation rate of 112.71%.
Other States also have transferred funds to or from the RTP.
|FY 2003:||Michigan transferred from RTP to STP Flexible: $120,000 (FY 2003 funds)|
|FY 2005:||Illinois transferred from RTP to STP Flexible: $463,179.34 (FY 2003 funds)|
|FY 2006:||Alaska transferred from RTP to Alaska Marine Highway: $187,280.08 ($111,403.85 in FY 2003 funds; $75,876.23 in FY 2004 funds).
Nevada transferred from RTP to STP Flexible: $80,000 (FY 2005 funds)
|FY 2008:||New York transferred from RTP to STP Flexible: $90,843.00 (FY 2003 funds)|
|FY 2009:||Connecticut transferred from STP Flexible to RTP: $112,271.00.
Nebraska transferred from NHS to RTP: $333,146.00.
New York transferred from RTP to STP Flexible: $74,197.00 ($28,000 in FY 2004 funds, $46,197 in FY 2003 funds).
Oregon transferred from STP TE funds to RTP: $625,000.00
|FY 2010:||Connecticut transferred from STP Flexible to RTP: $112,271.00.
Indiana transferred from STP TE to RTP: $284,354.00.
Oklahoma transferred from RTP to BR REP and REH: $0.60
|FY 2011:||Nebraska transferred from STP TE to RTP: $701,020.00.
New York transferred from RTP to STP Flexible: $62,265.00.
The FY 1992-2012 Percent Federal-Aid Highway Program Obligation Authority figures are not yet available.
Revised March 21, 2006, pursuant to a 1 percent across-the-board rescission contained in Division B, Chapter 8, section 3801 of the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2006, Pub. L. No. 109-148. See the Apportionment Notice at http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/legsregs/directives/notices/n4510595.htm.
The State DOTs may limit the amount of the RTP Apportionment available for obligation in a given fiscal year. See the RTP guidance on Obligation Limitation.
The Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (ISTEA) established the National Recreational Trails Funding Program as a formula allocation program, subject to annual appropriations. Funds were provided in FY 1993, 1996, and 1997 through FHWA's administrative funds. Puerto Rico only met eligibility requirements in FY 1993. There were no funds available in FY 1994 or 1995.
The Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) established the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) as a formula apportioned program with contract authority for FY 1998-2003. FY 2003 Apportionments had a 0.65% reduction required by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2003 (P. L. 108-7).
*FY 2004 Apportionments were calculated based on a $60 million program. They had a 0.59% reduction required by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2004 (P.L. 108-199), but include the Restoration of FY 2004 Funds pursuant to section 13 of the Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2004, Part V, P.L. 108-310.
The Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) authorized RTP apportionments for FY 2005-2009.
Please see the following Notices:
For 1993-1997, FHWA was allowed up to 3% for administration. For 1998-2003, FHWA received up to 1.5% for administration (with FY 2003 subject to a 0.65% reduction). For 2004, FHWA received $750,000 for administration (subject to a 0.59% reduction). For FY 2005-2009, FHWA is authorized for $840,000 per year. The FY 2007 amount includes an additional $14,587 from FY 2007 Revenue Aligned Budget Authority allocation per 23 U.S.C. 110(b).