Action Alert for Idaho and Washington Cyclists

The funds for improving bicycling faciliities come from Transportaton Enhancmeent dollars explicilty placed earmarked in federal funds to state DOTs for alternative transportation efforts. Unfortunately if those TE dollars are spent, they are subject to recission. The feds take the money back.

Both Idaho and Washington states have not expended their TE dollars. Follow the link below to an LAB alert page to help you send an email to your governor encouraging those funds be allocated and spent on transportation ehancement projects quickly.

One quarter of the rescissions – over half a billion dollars – came from the TE program.  The Rails to Trails Conservancy has identified28 states that rescinded way more than a fair and proportional amount from Transportation Enhancements: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin. If you live in these states, you can send an alert to your governor asking that TE is spent quickly and not unfairly rescinded in the future. Some states are really dramatic. All of Nebraska’s rescissions came from TE. So did 78 percent of Texas’ and 54% of Arkansas’. Stunningly, the cuts in Texas were in addition to $300 million returned in a recent previous rescission.

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