Have you been getting all kinds of letters from national groups about the threat to the Recreational Trails Program?
The reason these email alerts have been going out is that under MAP-21, the new federal surface transportation authorization law passed by Congress on June 29, states are given the option of opting out entirely of the Recreational Trails Program. Delaware, however, has elected to not exercise this new discretion. We will remain a part of the Recreational Trails Program for FY2013:
“DelDOT has notified the U.S. Department of Transportation it will not be opting out of the Recreational Trail Program for FY2013. These facilities are important investments in the future of our state with real economic, environmental, health and safety benefits. They deserve a dedicated funding source that highlights Delaware’s commitment to expanding recreational and commuter trails and pathways in our state.”
– DelDOT Secretary Shailen Bhatt, August 24, 2012