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If the Active Community Transportation Act of 2010 had become law, communities around the country would have been able to complete more of their walking and bicycling networks.


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The Active Community Transportation Act of 2010

The Active Community Transportation Act of 2010 was a groundbreaking piece of legislation that would have changed the way communities around the country plan for and build their trail, walking and bicycle systems. U.S. Representative Earl Blumenauer (Ore.) introduced the legislation (H.R. 4722, the "ACT Act") in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday, March 2, 2010.

Building on the successes of the Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program, the ACT Act would have established a competitive active transportation investment fund, to invest in walking and bicycling networks in targeted communities around the country.

These resources would have enabled communities to build interconnected systems—allowing people to travel between the places they work, live, play, learn and shop without needing car.

If the act had been incorporated into a federal surface transportation reauthorization, the U.S. Department of Transportation would have administered a competitive fund to invest in those communities that best make the case for resources to shift large numbers of trips from driving to walking and bicycling.

The two billion-dollar program, with funds set aside within the Surface Transportation Program, would have enabled dozens of communities nationally to improve their walking and bicycling networks.

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) was the lead organizer, convener and advocate for the ACT Act. Thanks to the hard work of local, state and national partners around the country, 76 U.S. representatives signed on in support of the legislation—a very impressive tally.

As noted above, the ACT Act of 2010 performed quite well in the 111th Congress. In the 112th Congress and beyond, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy will continue to work with key members of Congress to ensure the federal government provides the resources necessary to establish and enhance active transportation systems in communities around the country. Please stay tuned for more!

For more information on the ACT Act, please see this bill fact sheet or this press release.

National Sign-on letter

A central element of RTC's support for the legislation was a national group sign-on letter. The letter attracted signatures from more than 400 local, regional and state groups representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia, along with 29 national groups. The signatories also include dozens of mayors and other elected officials.


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