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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