This program funds the development of community-based, motorized and non-motorized recreational trail projects. The program provides funds for all kinds of recreational trail uses, such as pedestrian uses (hiking, running, wheelchair use), bicycling, in-line skating, equestrian use, cross-country skiing, off-road motorcycling, all-terrain vehicle riding, four-wheel driving.
Administered by the State Highway Administration (SHA), this program matches federal funds with local funds or in-kind contributions to implement trail projects. Projects can be sponsored by a county or municipal government, a private non-profit agency, a community group or an individual (non-governmental agencies must secure an appropriate government agency as a co-sponsor).
Federal funds administered by the State Highway Administration are available for up to 80% of the project cost, matched by at least 20% funding from the project sponsor. Matching funds must be committed and documented in the local jurisdiction's budget. A Memorandum of Understanding outlining funding and project implementation responsibilities will be prepared by SHA and signed by all parties before the project funds are released.
Activities eligible for funding within this program include:
Projects must meet state and federal environmental regulatory requirements (NEPA, MEPA, Section 106, Section 4(f)). SHA will provide assistance to the project sponsor to acquire these approvals.
Potential project sponsors must submit an application, which is screened then forwarded to the Recreational Trails Advisory Committee for review. The recommendation of the Technical Committee and the proposal are forwarded to the Director of the Office of Environmental Design for approval, partial approval or rejection. The project sponsor must receive written notification from SHA before the project can proceed.
For Further Information see Important Documents or Contact:Terry Maxwell*Maryland Scenic Byways /Recreational Trails Program*Office of Planning & Preliminary EngineeringState Highway Administration707 N Calvert StreetBaltimore, MD 21201(p) 410.545.8637(f) 410.209-5012(e) firstname.lastname@example.org
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