Coalition for Recreational Trails

About CRT

The Coalition for Recreational Trails (CRT) is a federation of national and regional trail-related organizations. Its members work together to build awareness and understanding of the Recreational Trails Program, which returns federal gasoline taxes paid by off-highway recreationists to the states for trail development and maintenance. CRT was formed in 1992 following the passage of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) to ensure that the National Recreational Trails Fund (now known as the Recreational Trails Program or RTP) established by that legislation received adequate funding. During the six years of ISTEA, CRT worked to ensure that the program was continued and strengthened as part of the ISTEA reauthorization process. Following the 1998 enactment of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) and the 2005 Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), both of which significantly increased RTP program funding, CRT’s efforts focused on RTP’s continued, effective implementation. Those efforts resulted in the reauthorization of RTP in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) in 2012 and the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act in 2015 at funding levels equivalent to the last year of SAFETEA-LU – slightly more than $84 million overall annually. CRT efforts are now focused on:

  • Continuing and enhancing the RTP at the state and federal level;
  • Educating policy makers and the public about the RTP’s accomplishments; and
  • Ensuring that the return of federal gasoline taxes to the program is equitable, that the allocation of those funds among the states reflects current fuel-usage data, and that the utilization of those funds continues to be efficient, effective, and responsive.
  • Click Here for CRT's Summary of the Recreational Trails Program.

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    2017 CRT Awards

    Coalition for Recreational Trails Honors Outstanding Trail Projects and State Program

    Ten trail projects and a State Trail Program have been chosen by the Coalition for Recreational Trails (CRT) as recipients of its 2017 Tom Petri Annual Achievement Awards. The awards – named for former Wisconsin Congressman Tom Petri – recognize outstanding use of Recreational Trails Program (RTP) funds. These projects will be honored at a special Capitol Hill ceremony in Washington, D.C. on June 14 as part of the celebration of Great Outdoors Month®.

    Recreational Trails Program Celebrates 25 Years

    Recreational Trails Program Celebrates 25 Years

    The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) – a landmark achievement of federal transportation legislation – is turning 25! And there is much to celebrate. The RTP has funded 22,000 trail projects all across the country, benefiting millions of diverse trail users – hikers and bikers, equestrians and snowmobilers, OHVers and paddlers, cross-country skiers, four-wheel drivers and more. States continue to add miles of trails as well as needed maintenance and improvements through grants to local project sponsors each year.

    2016 Recreational Trails Program One Pager

  • The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) was created by the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (ISTEA), reauthorized in 1998 as part of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21), again in 2005 through the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), and the 2012 Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). Most recently, the RTP was reauthorized as part of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, which covers Fiscal Years 2016 through 2020 and was signed by the President on December 4, 2015.
  • RTP Infographic

    A new infographic has been created to highlight the accomplishments of the Recreational Trails Program, describe how it is funded, and make the case for additional and more equitable funding.

    2016 CRT Awards

    Ten trail projects and a State Recreational Trails Advisory Committee have been chosen by the Coalition for Recreational Trails (CRT) as recipients of its Tom Petri Annual Achievement Awards in recognition of their outstanding use of Recreational Trails Program (RTP) funds. These national awards, which honor Tom Petri, a former Member of Congress from Wisconsin and longtime champion of the RTP, were presented at a special Capitol Hill ceremony in Washington, D.C. on June 8, 2016 as part of the celebration of Great Outdoors Month®.