Green roads are a critical part of America’s road network.
But President Donald Trump is set to make them even easier for drivers to navigate in a move to improve conditions for people who depend on them.
Trump announced his plan to overhaul the nation’s roads and highways last week, promising to get the nation back on track by “sending the dirt bikes and the ATVs, the pickup trucks, the trucks and the buses, the big rigs, and all the other things that make life so miserable for everybody.”
Trump said he was proposing to use federal funding to boost the state’s use of the Green Way, a system of trails and parks designed to encourage people to get off the roads and into the cities.
The president said he would also “rethink” the federal Highway Trust Fund and reduce its investment in highway maintenance.
He also suggested reducing funding for road construction, which he said could make roads less safe for the millions of Americans who rely on them daily.
Trump made the proposal on the same day he signed an executive order directing the Department of Transportation to begin a review of the nation-wide plan to improve traffic conditions.
But it has been months since the Department began the review and the results of the review are expected in the next few months, according to White House press secretary Sean Spicer.
Trump said during his trip to Asia in February that the U.S. needed to invest more in the Greenway system.
The Greenway network is an ambitious initiative that stretches from Portland, Oregon, to the eastern end of the Great Lakes, according a White House website.
The President’s order announced the Greenways project is part of a larger initiative called the National Strategy for Transportation, which aims to improve highway safety, promote sustainable development and reduce carbon emissions, among other goals.
Trump also said that “the Greenway Network will be a model for other countries to follow.”
The president’s plan includes several areas that will improve safety, such as “building more and better lanes” for people to access the roads, he said.
Trump’s order is not expected to take effect until 2019, and the Department has been working to figure out what exactly needs to be done to make it happen.
While Trump is already using federal funding for the GreenWay program, Spicer said the president has also committed to expanding the program nationwide and “reducing the cost of road improvements.”
The plan to re-think the highway maintenance fund and the Green Path program will be addressed at the Department’s September meeting, Spicer told reporters on Wednesday.
The Department of Homeland Security, which oversees federal road construction and maintenance, said it is reviewing Trump’s plan.
The department has said the plan to cut funding for highway maintenance is not meant to replace existing funding, but instead to give states more flexibility in how to spend their money.
The White House did not immediately respond to Axios’ request for comment.