Last Chance To Take Action

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    SAVE THE TRAILS!

    RTC Members Urged to Call Congress Before September 4

    Monday, September 1, 2003

    Dear RTC Member:

    In a surprise move, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee voted to eliminate funding for
    Transportation Enhancements (TE) - the largest source of funding for trails and other
    bicycle/pedestrian facilities. The next step is a vote by the full House of Representatives,
    scheduled for Thursday morning, September 4. As an RTC member, we need your help to save
    Enhancements!

    Thanks to TE, America's communities enjoy over 17,000 small-scale, locally initiated transportation
    projects that promote health, safety, economic development and community pride. From rail-trails and
    sidewalks, to wildlife crossings and train station restorations, TE projects allow communities to
    make transportation investment decisions that greatly enhance their quality of life. Amazingly, we
    achieve all this at a cost of about one and a half cents per federal surface transportation dollar.

    But the FY04 transportation appropriations bill (H.R. 2989) would eliminate all TE funding, while
    increasing highway spending by $4.5 billion more than the President even requested!

    RTC is fighting back and finding supporters in Congress. Reps. Tom Petri (R-WI), John Olver (D-MA)
    and others are leading a bipartisan effort to restore Enhancements when the bill reaches the House
    floor. On September 4, every vote will count!

    Please take a moment on Tuesday or Wednesday and call your Representative in Washington, DC.
    Urge them to:

    "Save Transportation Enhancements

    by voting for the Petri-Olver amendment

    to strike Section 114 from the

    transportation appropriations bill - H.R. 2989."

    Congressional offices track phone calls from constituents - your call can make a difference. This
    is a crucial moment, but with your help, our vision of America's communities - networks of
    trails, walkable neighborhoods, children bicycling to school - will win out. Thank you for your
    continued support!

    --For more details, including information on what the TE program has accomplished in your state,
    visit our Web site at: www.railtrails.org/whatwedo/policy/tea21b.asp

    --To find your U.S. Representative, just enter your zip code at: www.house.gov

    You are receiving this message because, as a member of RTC, you provided your e-mail address in
    order to receive important notices. Please feel free to forward this message to others who may be
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