Cities, counties need to get up to speed on transportation bill
After nearly three years and nine short-term extensions of the federal highway and public transportation programs, Congress agreed on a two-year surface transportation reauthorization bill in June. On July 6, President Obama signed the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) bill into a law, which stabilizes federal surface transportation investment through FY 2014 and makes a number of policy reforms that will affect all parts of the transportation community.
While many of those policies involve changes to the program structure of the 2005 reauthorization measure, SAFETEA-LU, MAP-21’s reduced level of federal funding for highway improvements in FY 2013 and FY 2014 will affect local governments.
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