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TRANSPORTATION AND MAP-21

trafficThe Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) is the current 27-month surface transportation law that authorizes and funds vital transportation projects. MAP-21 expires on Sept. 30, 2014. NCSL staff is underway creating a MAP-21 Working Group for interested legislators and legislative staff. For more info contact Ben Husch or Melanie Condon.

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REAL ID

licenseThe “Real ID Act of 2005” established prescriptive standards for state issued driver’s licenses in order for them to be accepted for federal purposes. See NCSL's Countown to REAL ID page, our Real ID State Legislation Database and the 2010 LegisBrief "Rough Road to Real ID." NCSL urges Congress and the administration to develop solutions that do not impede the sovereignty of state licenses.

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COMMITTEES AND POLICIES

The federal advocacy work of NCSL’s Natural Resources and Infrastructure (NRI) Committee on transportation issues is based on policies that have been approved at both the committee and NCSL-wide levels. Explore the current policy directives and resolutions, as updated at the 2013 NCSL Legislative Summit on Aug. 15, 2013.

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NEWS ALERTS

news 9/16/2014 | Transpo Alert: 2014 TIGER Awards | House Committee Drops Amtrak Bill- The Department of Transportation released the TIGER grant awardees for 2014 (72 projects across the states totaling $600M). Also, the House T&I Committee released a bipartisan Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act (PRRIA) that would reauthorize Amtrak funding for the next four years. See the NCSL Info Alert for more information. 

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NCSL AT WORK FOR YOU

capitol July 7, 2014 -  NCSL joined the state and local organizations (known as the "Big 7") in a letter urging Congress to ensure the long term solvency of the Highway Trust Fund and commit to passing a long-term surface transportation funding reauthorization. 

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OVERVIEW | FEDERAL ISSUES

NCSL tracks and represents state legislatures’ interests to the federal government on transportation issues through the advocacy efforts of NCSL’s Natural Resources and Infrastructure Committee. Key issues include federal laws, regulations and legislation on transportation funding and safety, the interstate highway system, rail, ports, aviation and more. To learn more about NCSL’s federal engagement on transportation issues, contact NCSL staff Ben Husch (202-624-7779) and Melanie Condon (202-624-3597).

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