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


highwayThe Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) Act, signed into law by President Barack Obama on July 6, 2012, authorizes funding for surface transportation programs throughout the nation. The first multi-year transportation authorization bill enacted since 2005, it funds programs such as road and bridge building and repair and transit system upgrades through 2014 at over $105 billion. The multi-year bill gave much needed certainty to states that there would be dedicated funding for transportation programs. MAP-21, however, will soon need to be reauthorized because it expires in 2014. NCSL has been following MAP-21 throughout its inception and enactment in Congress and has provided feedback both on the Hill and in the states on the requirements in the bill and funding issues.


On May 12, 2014  the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) unveiled its bipartisan MAP-21 Reauthorization Act (S. 2322). The bill would: 

  • Reauthorize many of the core programs within MAP-21 as well as gradually increase the funding from $38.4 billion in FY 2015 to $42.59 billion by FY 2020. 
  • Authorize $400 million per year for a competitive grant program to fund projects of regional and national significance (similar to the current TIGER program)
  • Create the American Transportation Awards Program, which would authorize $125 million per year to reward states that display achievement in project delivery. 
  • Re-authorize the popular TIFIA program at its current funding level of $1 billion and allow funds to be used to capitalize state infrastructure banks. 
  • Establish funding, $400 million in 2016 and $2 billion by 2020, for a national freight program.
  • Includes provisions to fully fund a six-year reauthorization, which CBO has estimated faces a $100 billion shortfall.

NCSL MAP-21 Working Group

Given the impact on states from MAP-21 and its successor, NCSL is planning to play a very active role in its reauthorization. While our main lobbying and advocacy work is guided by NCSL policies, including our Surface Transportation Federalism Policy Directive along with our Electronic Toll Collection Interoperability and Solving America's Long-Term Funding Crisis Policy Resolutions, we believe it is important to keep state legislators involved throughout the reauthorization process.

That is why NCSL is putting together an informal MAP-21 working group. The working group will aim to keep you, as state legislators and legislative staff who focus on transportation issues, updated on the status of negotiations as well as provide NCSL staff with a core group of focused legislators and legislative staff as issues come up throughout 2014.

If you are interested in participating in the MAP-21 Working Group please contact NCSL Staff Ben Husch (202-624-7779) or  Melanie Condon (202-624-3597). 

NCSL and Congress

NCSL, through its Natural Resources and Infrastructure Committee, is a loud voice on the Hill representing states' interests as related to the requirements and funding levels laid out in MAP-21.

  • NCSL President Senator Bruce Starr made a quick visit to Washington D.C. to talk with congressional leaders and the U.S. Department of Transportation on the reauthorization of MAP-21 and funding for state pilot programs. 
  • April 25, 2013, NCSL President Senator Bruce Starr (Oregon) testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure’s Subcommittee on Highways and Transit to discuss MAP-21 implementation in the states. Senator Starr noted that NCSL encourages the federal government to establish a cooperative process through which performance measures can be crafted for gauging the success of programs.

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