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In an effort to generate awareness about byway travel and promote cultural and heritage tourism, the National Scenic Byway Foundation recently partnered with the U.S. Cultural Heritage & Tourism Marketing Council to include an article about traveling America's byways in the 2015 edition of The Cultural Traveler magazine. While the piece promotes byway travel and the collection of America's Byways®, it specifically highlights a broad collection of our nation's byways: Historic Route 66, Trail of the Ancients, Great River Road, A1A Scenic & Historic Coastal Byway, Journey Through Hallowed Ground and Historic Columbia River Highway. Additional articles featuring Colorado and Vermont byways are a real testament to the notion that BYWAYS HAVE A LOT TO OFFER VISITORS!
The Cultural Traveler is distributed at U.S. and international travel trade events, group travel conferences, and to AAA members. Thanks to the supporting byway visitor centers who stepped up, copies of The Cultural Traveler will also be distributed from approximately 70 byway locations throughout the country. The online version of the magazine can be found HERE.
Submitted by Anaise Berry
State Coordinators Corner
Gary Jensen, Federal Highways Byway Manager, provided an update to the Foundation Board and brought to the forefront news about the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP). This program traditionally has provided funding streams for many byway improvement projects. You may review some questions and answers regarding program specifics at this link: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/map21/qandas/qatap.cfm. Coordinators may be interested in major financial changes impacting excess reserve funding. There appears to be no substantive changes for the byway community.
The United States Department of Transportation is currently looking forward 30 years for the future of transportation. The framework of how to move forward with changes in population growth, climate change, freight movement, new technology and all aspects of transportation are under discussion. Take a look at Beyond Traffic: Trends and Choices, a 30-year outlook on the future of our Nation's Infrastructure. http://www.dot.gov/BeyondTraffic
The Foundation welcomes State Coordinators to contribute articles of interest for future newsletters.