Join the authors of RTC’s annual Transportation Alternatives Spending Report for a conversation about the important role the Transportation Alternatives program, the country’s largest dedicated funding source for trails, walking and biking, has played in creating active transportation infrastructure. Together, authors Torsha Bhattacharya, Ph.D. and Mary Ellen Koontz will share updates on the TA program, the impact of transfers, and early findings from this year’s updated Spending Report, due for release this summer. Of note, they will address how transfers have negatively impacted the TA program and the steps that can be taken to ensure that the program can continue it’s mission of making communities safer and more livable for all. RTC’s director of government relations, Patrick Wojahn, will be moderating and provide additional perspective on the Transportation Alternatives Enhancement Act in the upcoming reauthorization of the federal transportation bill. Since the inception of Transportation Enhancements (now TA) in 1991, RTC’s Transportation Alternatives Data Exchange (TrADE) initiative has assisted stakeholders at the federal, state and local levels in understanding and implementing the TE/TA programs. From 1996 to 2013, TrADE operated at the National Transportation Enhancements Clearinghouse as a partnership between RTC and the Federal Highway Administration.
Torsha Bhattacharya, Ph.D., Director of Research, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
Mary Ellen Koontz, Manager of Trail Resources, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
Moderator: Patrick Wojahn, J.D., Director of Government Relations, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy