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Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century

MAP-21: Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act

President Obama signed H.R. 4348 (MAP-21) on July 6, 2012. This act authorizes Highway Trust Fund programs for 27 months, covering Federal Fiscal Years 2012-2014. It authorizes more than $105 billion in federal funding for highway, transit, safety and innovative financing programs during this period, maintaining overall funding at 2012 levels with a small inflationary increase. It also extends HTF tax authority through Sept. 30, 2016.

Transformation in process

In September 2012, MnDOT presented an initial analysis based on interpretation and guidance available at the time. We communicated that MAP-21 provisions will alter current MnDOT funding distribution, planning and performance measures. MnDOT offices will develop action plans, timelines, participate in MAP-21 events and activities to gain additional insight and report current business practice. Implementation of requirements will occur throughout the life of the act and beyond. Learn more about the status in each of the following areas:

Highway infrastructure programming

The overall apportionment level is consistent with FY 2012 funding with slight increase for inflation and introduces system performance requirements. This enhanced emphasis on performance measurement includes the assessment of penalties for underachievement. Policy decisions will be based on current guidance but are subject to change when additional performance measurement guidance is provided. Outreach continues with interim funding guidance provided for 2017. Full implementation of MAP-21 is anticipated in 2018.

Transportation Alternatives Program - MAP-21 provides funding for a variety of alternative transportation projects. MnDOT is holding a series of focus group discussions to gain stakeholder insight to successfully implement the TAP.

Project delivery and environmental streamlining

Opportunities to improve the project delivery process through an expansion of categorical exclusions and streamlining events provide for an accelerated environmental process.

Performance measures

Directs USDOT to establish measures within 18 months following Oct. 1, 2012. States shall coordinate with relevant partners in selecting targets to ensure consistency and integration of performance plans into the process.


Requires an investment tied to performance-based outcomes of national priorities and achievement of targets.


Provides an increase in funding the Highway Safety Improvement Program and requires an investment plan that prioritizes projects on the ability to reduce fatal and serious injuries.


Increases emphasis on freight includes the development of a National Freight Strategic Plan, national prioritization of projects to improve freight movement and formalizes a 30,000 mile National Freight Network.


Reduces the level of funding available for Surface Transportation Programs and increases emphasis on asset management, security and safety.