FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Realigns Staff to Boost Trail Funding
Washington, D.C., February 16, 2006— Effective March 1 Marianne Fowler will become Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's (RTC) Senior Vice President of Federal Relations. In her new position, she will concentrate her legislative skills almost exclusively on implementation of critical new parts of SAFETEA-LU, the new surface transportation legislation. Fowler will orchestrate strategies for the next reauthorization of this critical bill. Her work will be integral to RTC's goal to double the federal investment in trails, bicycling and walking by 2010.
"With Marianne focusing her extensive public policy experience on this goal, I believe we can make significant strides in trail-friendly legislation," says Keith Laughlin, RTC president.
Fowler will focus on implementation of key provisions of SAFETEA-LU, particularly the Non-motorized Transportation Pilot Program. These pilots, with an investment of $25 million each, will serve as models to achieve a modal shift from the automobile to walking and bicycling.
"The success of the Non-motorized Transportation Pilot Program is key to RTC's long-term goal of realizing an America where 90 percent of our people live within three miles of a trail," says Fowler. "America is struggling to find a solution to our congested roads, sedentary lifestyle and poor air quality. The reauthorization of SAFETEA-LU offers the nation an extraordinary opportunity to shift millions of our people out of the car and onto the trail."
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization with more than 100,000 members and supporters, is the nation's largest trails organization dedicated to connecting people and communities by creating a nationwide network of public trails, many from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Founded in 1986, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is located in Washington, D.C., and more information can be found at www.railstotrails.org.