MAP-21 Resources

MAP-21 Resources



Moving Forward for Progress in the 21st Century

On July 6, 2012, President Barack Obama signed into law Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21stCentury or MAP-21, the new federal transportation authorization act.

After years of waiting for Congress to pass a new authorization of the highway, transit and highway safety programs with 10 extensions of SAFETEA-LU, we are pleased that this new bill is providing more funding stability and setting in place major policy reforms that will impact the distribution of revenue and the delivery of transportation projects for many years to come.

The law authorizes the Highway and Transit programs at the same funding levels provided for FY2012 through FY2014, providing two years of stable funding.  The bill does not provide for ongoing increases in funding, but rather, the law relies on some temporary shifts in funds and changes to pension structures that provide some savings that were directed to transportation.

The law sets out some major changes from SAFETEA-LU in the structure of the highway and transit programs, consolidating many different funding programs and items into larger and fewer funding categories.  The law was designed to give states more flexibility in how they spend federal dollars in exchange for requiring that states track and report on how they are doing in meeting specific performance measures for their transportation systems.

MAP-21 implements policy reforms in the area of project delivery that are intended to speed up the construction process by removing administrative barriers and allowing states more responsibility with regard to environmental regulations.

The Minnesota Transportation Alliance has been urging our Congressional Delegation to address the challenge of adequately funding transportation in a new surface transportation authorization act since the expiration of SAFETEA-LU in 2009.  Through our annual Washington, D.C. Fly-In and meetings here in Minnesota, we have brought our members together with members of Congress to advocate for additional federal funds for investments that are needed to make Minnesota’s transportation system safe and our state economically competitive.

The Transportation Alliance will continue to bring all sectors of the transportation community in Minnesota together to advocate for a strong federal transportation funding bill.

We’re also here to help you understand the contents of MAP-21 and what it means for Minnesota.  On this page you will find summaries of the new law and links to useful resources.

On August 16, 2012, The Transportation Alliance hosted a workshop regarding MAP-21.  The presentations and handouts from that workshop are posted below:

MAP-21 bill text (HR 112-557, 599 pages), signed into law July 6, 2012 ( website)


Agency Info

Presentation at MAP-21 workshop by Derrell Turner, Division Administrator, Federal Highway Administration, Minnesota Division

Summary of Highway Provisions

Q & A

Fact Sheets

Funding Tables


Fact Sheets on Individual Programs

Transit Overview (Powerpoint)

Transit Program Funding Summary

Federal Transit Law as Amended by MAP-21

Presented by MAP-21 workshop by Sergius Phillips, Federal Relations Manager, Minnesota Department of Transportation
  • US DOT

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


Stakeholder Summaries

  • American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

Performance Measures Summary

Highway/Transit Funding Summary

  • American Planning Association
  • American Public Transportation Association (APTA)
Presented at MAP-21 workshop by Brian Tynan, Director - Government Relations, American Public Transportation Association (APTA)

Transit Funding by State (Estmated)

Transit Provisions Summary

  • American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA)
Presented at MAP-21 workshop by Kenyon Gleason, Vice President of Development and Field Operations, American Road and Transportation Builders Assn. (ARTBA)

MAP-21 Overview and Analysis

  •  Community Transportation Association of America

Transit Provisions Summary

  • Center for Transportation Studies, University of Minnesota
Presented at MAP-21 workshop by Laurie McGinnis, Director, Center for Transportation Studies, University of Minnesota
  • Lockridge Grindal Nauen PLLP
Presented at MAP-21 workshop by Dennis McGran, Lockridge Grindal Nauen PLLP
  • National Asphalt Paving Association

Highway and Research Provisions Summary

  • National Association of Regional Councils

Metropolitan and Statewide Planning Provisions

  • National League of Cities

MAP-21 Summary

  • National Transportation Enhancements Clearinghouse

Transportation Alternatives (formerly enhancements)

  • Nossaman LLP
  • Polsinelli Shugart

MAP-21 Report