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Congressional Legislation
Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) Act
Bill # S.1813

Original Sponsor:
Barbara Boxer (D-CA)

Cosponsor Total: 3
(last sponsor added 11/07/2011)
  2 Republicans
  1 Democrats
About This Legislation:
The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) Act (S. 1813) would authorize $109 billion over two years for transportation programs. The Senate passed this bill on March 14, 2012.




  • Authorizes appropriations from the Highway Trust Fund (other than the Mass Transit Account) for certain new and existing core federal-aid highway programs, and Federal Highway Administration administrative expenses.

  • Directs the Secretary of Transportation to distribute federal-aid highway funds apportioned to states for each fiscal year among the national highway performance (new core program), the transportation mobility (new core program), the highway safety improvement, the national freight (new core program), and the congestion mitigation and air quality improvement programs, as well as to metropolitan transportation planning.

  • Requires states to develop risk-based asset management plans. Requires a state to obligate a specified amount of the apportionment of national highway performance program funds for the restoration of certain IS pavement and NHS bridges.

  • Reauthorizes appropriations for the emergency relief fund for the repair or reconstruction of highways, roads, and trails damaged as a result of a disaster.

  • Authorizes the Secretary to obligate fund amounts for the repair or reconstruction of disaster-affected tribal transportation facilities, federal lands transportation facilities, and other federally-owned roads that are open to public travel, whether or not they are federal-aid highways.

  • Directs the Secretary to establish and implement a transportation mobility program. (Effectively replaces the surface transportation program.)

  • Authorizes a state to obligate the apportionment of TMP funds for projects to improve conditions and performance on federal-aid highways and bridges and tunnels on public roads.

  • Makes certain TMP allocations to areas of a state based on population.

  • Requires a state to obligate a specified amount of the apportionment of TMP funds for the improvement of certain deficient off-system bridges.

  • Directs the Secretary to deduct for each fiscal year at least $10 million from FHWA administrative expenses for highway use tax evasion projects.

  • Revises the highway bridge program.

  • Directs the Secretary to:


    • Inventory all highway bridges and tunnels

    • Establish national inspection standards for evaluating all highway bridges and tunnels for safety and serviceability, and

    • Establish a training program for highway bridge and tunnel inspectors.



NSPE supports a strong and adequately funded infrastructure system. Read NSPE's position statement on Infrastructure here. More information is available in the March 2012 issue of PE magazine.
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