Update on MAP-21

7/12/2012

Dear Colleague,

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On Friday, July 6, President Obama signed into law a new two-year transportation authorization, entitled Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21). The new law provides to FTA an authorization level of $10.6 billion in FY2013 and $10.7 billion in FY2014.

While the funding authorized is below the levels sought in President Obamaís budget, Secretary LaHood has acknowledged that the new law is a good bipartisan bill that will provide steady and predictable funding for the next two years in order to keep construction workers on the job rebuilding our transit systems, roads, rails, and bridges. Consistent with the Presidentís budget proposals, MAP-21 consolidates certain transit programs to improve their efficiency and provides significant funding increases specifically for improving the state of good repair of our transit systems.

MAP-21 will take effect on October 1, 2012. Until then, we will continue to manage our current programs under existing law (SAFETEA-LU), which expires on September 30, 2012. FTA is already hard at work on a plan to implement the new law and develop new guidance and information for our grantees, other stakeholders, and interested parties.

Here are some highlights from the bill:

Looking forward, I must ask for your patience as we take the necessary steps over the next several weeks to prepare for full implementation of MAP-21. Our goal is to provide clear, consistent, and timely information. Please be aware that as part of this transition, we will need to prioritize agency actions and resources to focus on implementing the new law.

Let me strongly encourage you to watch our website (www.fta.dot.gov/map21), where we will post and update useful information as it becomes available. You can also sign up for timely e-mail bulletins here.

Enactment of the MAP-21 law signals yet another opportunity for us to work collectively to strengthen our transit systems and better serve the American public. We at the FTA look forward to working with you and your stakeholders to address the challenges laid out for us by Congress and the President in MAP-21.

Sincerely,
Peter