Status of Legislation

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Authorizing Legislation

Congress establishes the legal authority to commence and continue FTA programs through authorizing legislation covering several years. On July 6, 2012, President Obama signed Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), reauthorizing surface transportation programs through fiscal year 2014. Each reauthorization amends the Federal Transit Laws codified in 49 USC Chapter 53.

Appropriating Legislation

Congress funds FTA’s operations and programs through the annual appropriations process.