Model Policies — 2015
Two bills to increase the gas tax. One would have raised it by 10 cents, and the other by 10 cents in two 5-cent increments. Not passed. Read the legislation: HB 395 and HB 399.
Washington Budget Bill 2015
The Washington state budget bill for FY 2016 included $2.5 million to support the development of affordable housing opportunities related to equitable transit-oriented development, $3,755,000 for trail development and $35 million total for three different recreational trails programs. Passed (with...
Georgia Tax Reform, Gas Tax and Local Option Bill
Tax reform bill, including provisions to increase the gas tax and provide a local option for communities to increase their own taxes for transportation. According to Rails-to-Trails Conservancy analysis, Georgia's constitutional and statutory restrictions may allow gas taxes to be used for some...
Pennsylvania Transportation Bill Means Millions for Trails, Walking and Biking
When Pennsylvania passed a comprehensive transportation bill, Act 89, in 2013, it was a big win for walking and biking in the state. The bill allocates funding for all modes of surface transportation—roads, transit, and yes, even walking and biking. Although trails, walking and biking must...
Florida: Funding Trails Through Conservation and the Ballot Box
Florida’s history of supporting environmental conservation and recreation dates back to the establishment of the Land Acquisition Trust Fund in 1963. Throughout the years, a number of programs have helped support this important trust fund—and today, Florida seeks to build on the success of these...