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Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century


Introduction to MAP-21, September 2012

On July 6, 2012, President Obama signed into law P.L. 112-141, the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). Funding surface transportation programs at over $105 billion for fiscal years (FY) 2013 and 2014, MAP-21 is the first long-term highway authorization enacted since SAFETEA-LU in 2005.

MAP-21 extends current law (SAFETEA-LU) for the remainder of FY 2012, with new provisions for FY 2013 and beyond taking effect on October 1, 2012. Funding levels are maintained at FY 2012 levels, plus minor adjustments for inflation. It extends the Highway Trust Fund and tax collections through FY 2016, two years beyond the reauthorization period.

  • Retains the 80-20 funding split for highways and transit, respectively.
  • New approach to formulas: apportions more dollars by formula: nearly 93% vs. 83% under SAFETEA-LU.
  • Contains no Congressionally directed projects (earmarks).
  • Eliminates the equity bonus program; in its place it ensures that no State receives less than 95 cents of every dollar it contributes to the Highway Trust Fund.

Initial analysis

  • Summary (PDF 253 KB,  Word)
  • Federal Aid Highways – Division A including highway funding, planning, project delivery and innovative finance (PDF 596 KB, Word)  
  • Public Transportation – Division B  (PDF 151 KBWord
  • Transportation Safety and Surface Transportation Policy – Division C including safety, commercial vehicle and transport of hazardous materials (PDF 460 KB, Word)
  • Research and Education – Division E (PDF 338 KB, Word

FHWA guidance