Route 66 National Historic Trail
H.R. 801 Unanimously Approved by House Committee on Natural Resources
The Road Ahead is pleased to announce that in early January 2018, the House Committee on Natural Resources unanimously voted to approve H.R. 801, the bill to designate Rt. 66 a National Historic Trail. The bill now heads to the floor of the full House of Representatives for a vote later this year.
It was approximately a year ago, on February 1, 2017, that Congressman Darin LaHood (R-IL), a member of the Committee on Natural Resources, introduced H.R. 801, a bill to amend the National Trails System Act to designate Route 66 as a National Historic Trail. Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA), a senior member of the Natural Resources Committees, coauthored the legislation.
During the series of Collaboration Workshop meetings held with Route 66 stakeholders across the country in 2015, the prospect of having Route 66 designated a National Historic Trail was one of the most strongly supported ideas presented. The Route 66 Road Ahead Partnership established a National Historic Trail Task Force to investigate the possibility of moving in this direction.
To track the progress of this legislation, access: www.congress.gov/ and type in HR801 to access the bill.