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The America Bikes coali0on supports the Cardin‐Cochran amendment for local control in transporta0on decisions. Under the original language passed by the Environment and Public Works CommiBee in November 2011, the Transporta0on Enhancements (TE), Safe Routes to Schools (SRTS), and Recrea0onal Trails programs, which are extremely popular with local governments and the public, are combined into one program called “Addi0onal Ac0vi0es” (sec. 149(l)). Also eligible is an expanded list of ac0vi0es, including all environmental mi0ga0on and some road projects. In its original construct, there was signiﬁcant risk that states would redirect the Addi4onal Ac4vi4es funds away from local priori4es—leaving ci4zens and local leaders without any funds to address transporta4on needs where they live and work. Due to concerns about this language, Senators. Cardin and Cochran oﬀered an amendment to ensure that ci4es and coun4es have a voice in how states spend a small por4on of their federal transporta4on dollars. Because of broad bipar0san support in the Senate, the Cardin‐Cochran amendment was accepted as a manager’s amendment into MAP‐21 during considera0on by the full Senate.
Devolves a small por0on of federal transporta0on funds through suballoca0on and compe00on to local governments—whose leaders know the transporta0on needs of their cons0tuents best. Provides ﬂexibility and funding certainty to local planning en00es to ensure that a por0on of their federal transporta0on dollars are u0lized to address needs in their communi0es.
Change the eligibility of projects or funding levels of the “Addi0onal Ac0vi0es.” Require that federal dollars are spent on bicycling and walking; those decisions will be made by local governments and MPOs in what types of projects they apply for.
Biking & walking programs like Transporta0on Enhancements, Safe Routes to School, Recrea0onal Trails, and other eligibili0es are consolidated into a new program called Addi0onal Ac0vi0es If the state Departments of Transporta0on (DOT) chooses, they may set aside a ﬁxed amount of Addi0onal Ac0vi0es funds for Recrea0onal Trails ac0vi0es* DOTs will make Addi0onal Ac0vi0es funding available to metropolitan planning organiza0ons (MPOs) and local governments The state DOT allocates 50% of Addi0onal Ac0vi0es to MPOs and rural areas, based on popula0on MPOs distribute funds through a compe00ve grant program for local community projects The state DOT holds a compe00ve grant program to distribute the remaining 50% of Addi0onal Ac0vi0es funds Local governments, school districts, and public lands agencies would be eligible to compete for this funding For more informa4on, contact: Caron Whitaker Campaign Director, America Bikes firstname.lastname@example.org (202) 215‐3908 *This provision was added to MAP‐21 in the Klobuchar Amendment.