Federal Transportation Authorization

In 2012, Congress finally passed a multi-year transportation funding bill, “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century” (MAP-21), which will provide federal transportation funding through September 2014.  While all previous bills had provided for some increase in total transportation dollars on an annual basis, MAP-21 held spending levels flat at roughly $52.5 billion a year.

Within MAP-21, the Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ) program provides the bulk of funding and policies impacting transportation demand management, which is at the core of the TMAs work.  The TMA supported the efforts of the Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT), in advocating for several key items within the CMAQ program.  Through these efforts, several recommendations made by ACT were included in the final piece of legislation.  For additional information regarding ACT’s involvement and advocacy, you can visit ACT’s MAP-21 Resource Center.

You can also learn more on MAP-21 at the following sites: