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MAP-21 Bill Text and Summary

Bill Text and Summary, Information, Q & A

Bill Summaries
View summary from the US Senate
View summary from the Federal Highway Administration

AASHTO Summaries

CEE MAP-21 Webpage

Overview of Project Delivery, Environmental, and Planning Provisions (updated 10-27-14)​
Implementation Status Summary Table: Project Delivery, Environmental, and Planning Provisions (updated 10-27-14)

Bill Text
View MAP-21 Legislation (PDF)
View MAP-21 Conference Report  (PDF)

Federal Government Resource Pages
Federal Transit Administration's MAP-21 Page
Federal Highway Administration's MAP-21 Page


MAP-21 Cheat Sheat (From Transportation Issues Daily)

Expires: October 1, 2014

Total funding: There are different numbers being reported, but it appears total funding is $118 billion over 27-months – roughly $105 billion per year (FY 2013 & ’14) in addition to several months of FY 2012. Update: The Congressional Budget Office predicts the HTF will be insolvent in both the Highway Account and the Mass Transit Account by FY 2015.

Effective date: The revenue provisions take effect immediately, but most of the policy provisions will not take effect until October 1, 2012. The majority of new policy and regulatory provisions in the bill apply only to FY’13 and FY’14.

Annual Funding: Roughly $52 billion (basically level with current funding with a slight bump for inflation) (SAFETEA-LU average annual funding: $50.1b; TEA-21: $34.1b)

Highways/Transit funding split: current 80/20 (roughly) split maintained

Highway funding: about $40.4b in FY 2013, and about $41b in FY 2014 (contract authority)

Transit funding: about $10.5 billion for FY 2013, about $10.7b for FY 2014

Distribution of highway funding: formulas eliminated, state distribution based on a state’s 2012 share of funding

Non-transportation funding/offsets to fund bill: about $18 billion

Nat’l Highway Traffic Safety: $670 million in FY 2013 and $680 in FY 2014

Commercial Safety: $561m in FY 20113, $572m in FY 2014

Research: $400m annually, authorizes 35 competitive grants for University Transportation Centers

New Starts: $1.9b in each fiscal year. Enables more bus rapid transit projects to be funded. Also authorizes a new “core capacity” funding criteria that gives existing systems some additional spending flexibility

Mega-projects program: $500m FY 2013 competitive grant program (Projects of National and Regional Significance). Applicants restricted to States, tribal governments and transit agencies. Subject to being funded through Appropriations.

TIFIA: increased from current $122m/year to $750m in year one and $1b in year two

Enhancements program: merges with Safe Routes to School, Recreational Trails, Scenic Byways to become new program, “Transportation Alternatives”

Transportation Alternatives funding: Initial analysis indicates funding drops from $1m annually to $700m. Adds eligible expenses such as truck stop electrification, HOV lanes, turning lanes, and diesel retrofits. 50% of funds are directed to MPOs; all funds to be distributed through competitive grants

Local funding: Increase allocation to MPOs to about 14% of highways funding from current approximate 12.5%

Tolling: expands tolling authority if road capacity is increased, though there must be more free lanes than tolled lanes.

Questions and Answers (via FHWA Map-21 Page)




Question: What impact does MAP-21 have on FY 2012 funding and programs?

Answer: MAP-21 provides a simple extension of the current SAFETEA-LU programs and all related provisions through the end of FY 2012. This includes the 100% federal share for the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program, which will expire at the end of FY 2012.

Question: When do the new provisions take effect? Can we start implementation now?

Answer: The effective date for most highway provisions in MAP-21, both funding and changes to policy, is October 1, 2012 (see section 3 of the Act). FHWA's program offices are developing guidance for individual programs and will address this issue in their guidance. One exception already noted is the increased Federal share for the Appalachian Development System (ADHS) in section 1528(b) of MAP-21, which is effective on July 6, 2012, the day the President signed MAP-21 into law. ADHS obligations will not be "reopened" to change the Federal share.

Question: What happens to the programs that were discontinued? Some of the programs were actually repealed. Are the funds associated with those programs still available?

Answer: Funds for discontinued programs, for example, Interstate Maintenance, will continue to be available for their specified period of availability under the same terms and conditions in effect prior to the effective date of MAP-21.

Question: There were proposals to change the population threshold for the designation of metropolitan planning organizations (MPO). What's in the enacted law?

Answer: MAP-21 did not change the population threshold for MPO designation.