Dear CRT Members:
With help from Christopher Douwes, we have prepared the attached chart showing RTP and Transportation Alternatives (TA) funding by state for 2013 and the percentage of total TA funds represented by RTP in each state. The percentages range from a low of 5.132% in Texas to a high of 43.311% in Maine, with 10 states and the District of Columbia above 25%: Delaware, DC, Hawaii, Idaho, Maine, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Rhode island, Vermont and Wyoming. I think that the unfortunate competition with other TA programs – specifically Transportation Enhancements (now known as Transportation Alternatives) and Safe Routes to School -- set up by MAP-21, which RTP advocates never requested, could very likely lead to greater pressure for RTP opt-outs in 2014. CRT needs to put together a strategy to prevent/defeat such opt-out efforts, as well as reverse the 2013 opt-outs in Florida and Kansas. In the meantime, however, we were delighted to receive the attached letter from South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard describing the state’s opt-in decision (SD is at 21.6% of TA) and the RTP in very positive terms.
At last night’s fund raiser for Rep. Petri, CRT Vice Chair Jenn Dice and I discussed the outlook for the RTP with him. According to Rep. Petri, planning is already under way for the next transportation bill. He is well aware that the RTP’s victory in MAP-21, while heartening and a tribute to the hard work of RTP supporters, does not secure the program’s long-term future and that program supporters will continue to have to fight to protect the program. He is also aware that the RTP competition with other TA programs created by MAP-21 has the potential to damage the RTP and should be avoided in future legislation. RTP is most fortunate to have his continuing interest and support.
We will be scheduling a CRT Board meeting in the next few weeks to discuss RTP strategy. I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the challenges ahead at that time.
Derrick A. Crandall, Co-Chair
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