Thanks to the thousands of messages sent by ASLA members and other organizations, we are making great strides with the surface transportation reauthorization bill!
In the Senate, the Cardin/Cochran Amendment to allow local communities to compete for Transportation Enhancements (TE) and Safe Routes To School (SRTS) funds will be included in the transportation bill
that will come to the Senate floor soon. Senate offices reported that they received tens of thousands of messages over the past few weeks urging support for this amendment and now this amendment language will be included in MAP-21, the Senate’s surface transportation reauthorization bill.
Today, in a letter
to all U.S. Senators, ASLA Executive Vice President Nancy C. Somerville, Hon. ASLA thanked the Senate for working to include the Cardin/Cochran Amendment in MAP-21 and urged them to move forward with further consideration of the bill. In the letter, Somerville also urged senators to work to continue dedicated funding for the Recreational Trails and National Scenic Byways programs. Under the current MAP-21 these programs would not receive dedicated funding thereby effectively eliminating them and the benefits they provide for landscape architects and thousands of communities across the nation. Please join EVP Somerville in urging the Senate to strengthen MAP-21 for landscape architects by supporting a bi-partisan amendment offered by Senators Amy Klobuchar (MN), Richard Burr (NC), Jeanne Shaheen (NH) and Jim Risch (ID) to restore dedicated funding for the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) and to urge support for the National Scenic Byways Program. Please take a moment and click "Take Action” above to tell your Senators to support these efforts that are so important to landscape architects
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