Federal Highway Administration Recreational Trails Program for Louisiana (RTPL)- OVERVIEW
The FHWA Recreational Trails Program for Louisiana (RTPL) is a Federal-aid assistance program to help States provide and maintain recreational trails for both motorized and non-motorized recreational trails use. 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, off-road motorcycling, all-terrain vehicle riding, four-wheel driving, or using other off-road motorized vehicles.
RTPL is administered by the Louisiana Office of State Parks, Division of Outdoor Recreation. RTPL provides funding for recreational trails in both urban and rural areas throughout the state. The program may be used on any trail that provides recreation.
The Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) authorized the RTP as a Federal-aid program. It provides matching grant funds to local governments and non-profit groups for the construction or rehabilitation of recreational trails.
Project sponsors are evaluated and monitored to assure that the projects will be accomplished quickly, the required 20% match is provided, and projects are in compliance with the federal guidelines for the program.
Since 1995 RTPL funding has steadily increased funding and has supported trail development in 63 of Louisiana's 64 parishes.