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RECREATIONAL TRAILS PROGRAM
The Recreational Trails program provides funds to the States to develop and maintain recreational trails and trail-related facilities for both nonmotorized and motorized recreational trail uses.
SAFETEA-LU Section(s): 1101(a)(8), 1109
Other: 23 USC 104(h) & 206
Funded by contract authority, to remain available for 4 years. Funds are subject to the overall Federal-aid highway obligation limitation.
Before apportioning funds to the States, there will be a takedown of $840,000 each fiscal year (2005-2009) for program research, technical assistance, and training expenses. Funds will be distributed to the States by formula as follows:
Eligible Use of Funds
Funds are available to develop, construct, maintain, and rehabilitate trails and trail facilities. Trail uses include hiking, bicycling, in-line skating, equestrian use, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, off-road motorcycling, all-terrain vehicle riding, four-wheel driving, or using other off-road motorized vehicles.
Continued eligibilities include:
New eligible activities include:
States must meet minimum funding between motorized, non-motorized and diverse trail use:
States are encouraged to enter into contracts and cooperative agreements with youth conservation and service corps to perform trail construction and maintenance.
In general, the Federal share will be in accordance with section [23 USC 120(b)] (i.e. the sliding scale provision), but with additional flexibilities. Where a Federal land management agency is the project sponsor, the combination of the U.S. DOT and other Federal agency share may not exceed 95 percent. The RTP also allows funds from any Federal program (including other U.S. Department of Transportation programs) to fulfill the non-Federal share requirement, for purposes that would be eligible under the program from which the funds are derived. Under SAFETEA-LU, RTP funds also may be used to fulfill the non-Federal share requirement of other Federal programs (including other U.S. Department of Transportation programs), for purposes that would be eligible under the Recreational Trails program. A State also may allow adjustments to the non-Federal share on a programmatic basis.
Upon approval, planning and environmental assessment costs incurred prior to project approval may be credited toward the non-Federal share cost of the project, limited to costs incurred not more than 18 months prior to project approval.