This bill ― the Route 66 National Historic Trail Designation Act― would designate an approximately 2,400 mile trail extending from Chicago, Illinois to Santa Monica, California as the Route 66 National Historic Trail.
What is House Bill H.R. 801?
Cost of House Bill H.R. 801
In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Darin LaHood (R-IL) introduced this bill to designate Route 66 as a national historic trail:
“For nearly a century, Route 66 has been a crucial transportation artery for the heartland of America. Towns like Atlanta in my district and many others across our nation have seen the Mother Road keep tourism, employment and revenues up, leading to a higher quality of life and civic pride. It is vital that we highlight and preserve this national historic roadway for future generations, and today’s committee vote gets us one step closer to that goal.”
Of Note: The federal government decommissioned Route 66 in 1985. Congress subsequently authorized the Route 66 Study Act in 1990 through Public Law 101-400, which directed the National Park Service to conduct a special resource study to present management and preservation options for the iconic road.
The finalized special resource study was released by the National Park Service in 1995. Congress later enacted Public Law 106-45 in 1999, which created the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program, facilitating collaboration between private, nonprofit and government partners to identify and prioritize Route 66 preservation needs. The Preservation program was reauthorized in 2009, but is set to expire in 2019.
H.R. 801 succeeds the expiration of the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program by designating Route 66 as a National Historic Trail. Additionally, under the NTSA, the NPS may be required to establish and manage an advisory council and develop a comprehensive management plan for the trail.
Summary by Lucas McConnell
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Route 66 National Historic Trail Designation Act
To amend the National Trails System Act to designate the Route 66 National Historic Trail, and for other purposes.
- Not enactedThe President has not signed this bill
- The senate has not voted
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
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- The house Passed June 5th, 2018Passed by Voice Vote
National Parks, Forests, and Public LandsCommittee on Natural ResourcesIntroducedFebruary 1st, 2017
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