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The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) was signed into law on July 6, 2012, and took effect on October 1, 2012. 

MAP-21 authorized approximately $105 billion in spending for federal highway and public transportation programs for FY2013 and FY2014 combined. It also made major changes to the structure of those federal funding programs. 

The six core highway funding programs were consolidated into five programs, and many smaller funding programs were eliminated or consolidated.  MAP-21 also increased the proportion of highway funding that is distributed by formula to states, reduced the amount that is distributed by U.S. DOT through discretionary grants, and eliminated earmarks.  Transit funding programs also were consolidated. 

In addition to its funding provisions, MAP-21 also included policy changes that were intended to increase efficiency and accountability in the use of federal transportation funding.  The policy changes included a new requirement for states and metropolitan planning organizations to establish performance targets based on a national set of performance measures, and to report on their progress toward those targets in their transportation plans.  The policy changes also included a package of measures to accelerate project delivery.

A more detailed summary of the project delivery and environmental provisions and implementation status may be accessed on the AASHTO Standing Committee on the Environment website at the following location:

For additional information on MAP-21, please see the FHWA MAP-21 website.

Please note that any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in these publications are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the Federal Highway Administration.

For information previously posted on this website related to the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) enacted prior to MAP-21, link here.

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