On Oct. 11, Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) introduced S.3609, the Route 66 National Historic Trail Designation Act.  Co-sponsored by Senator James Inhofe (R-OK), the bill proposes to amend the National Trails System Act to permanently designate Route 66 as a national historic trail to be administered by the National Park Service. This follows a June 5, 2018 action in the House of Representatives to pass the companion bill, H.R.801, co-sponsored by Representative Darin LaHood (R-IL-18) and Representative Grace Napolitano (D-CA-32). Should the act pass through the Senate, Route 66 – a 20th century route – will become the 20th National Historic Trail. National Historic Trails are historic transportation routes that have contributed significantly to the history and development of the United States. Click here to learn more about the National Historic Trails and the National Trails System!