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Posts Tagged ‘MAP-21’

The Changing Nature of State-Federal Relations in Transportation

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Innovation Newsbriefs
Vol. 25, No. 11
With the Republicans likely to control the Senate next year and the presidential elections casting a shadow over any new proposal to raise taxes, there will be a huge temptation for Congress to kick the can down the road once again — beyond the presidential election and into the next Congress. Remember, it took three years and eight short-term extensions to pass the last reauthorization, MAP-21!

Fortunately, many individual states are trying to compensate for the lack of congressional action on long term funding by raising additional revenue of their own. Our survey has identified more than 30 states that have launched transportation-related fiscal initiatives in the past two years.

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AASHTO’s “Nation at a Crossroads” Infographic Calls for Action

Thursday, July 10th, 2014
Without Federal Investment States Can

The infographic reveals a slew of alarming facts and predictions centering on the depletion of MAP-21 funding by Fall of 2014, which will lead to states being responsible for 100% of transportation funding. Did you know that, already, 45% of Americans don’t have access to transit? Did you know that 1 in 4 of our bridges is in need of significant repair? While states have come up with some viable funding mechanisms of their own, it’s clearly time for the Fed to step in and replenish this vital source of transportation funding.

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Mixed Reactions to Obama’s New $300 Billion Transportation Bill

Thursday, February 27th, 2014
President Obama in St. Paul

On February 26, President Obama climbed the steps of St. Paul, MN’s Union Depot train station to announce his new vision for transportation funding. The bill includes a competition for $600 million in transportation dollars, and a four-year surface transportation reauthorization to the tune of $300 billion.

Stakeholders on both sides of the fence have been quick to form opinions, and the fate of the bill remains uncertain–though most agree that action is urgently needed. Selected reactions from the transportation community are excerpted below.

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Five Predictions for Federal Transportation Issues in 2014

Sunday, December 29th, 2013

Transportation Issues Daily
As we, like Congress, begin our “recess,” we decided to offer some early predictions about 2014 federal transportation issues. It’s not an exhaustive list, and these may not be the most important five issues, but it’s a place to start.

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Reactions to President Obama’s State of Union

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Transportation Issues Daily A number of transportation interests issued a news release offering a reaction to the President’s State of the Union. Here are excerpts from ones I could find. We republished Senator Boxer’s statement in full earlier. Gregory E. DiLoreto, president of The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE): “President Obama’s ‘Fix-It-First’ plan is a great step toward […]

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Searching for Novel Approaches to Transportation Funding

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

Innovation NewsBriefs
Vol. 24, No. 1
As we enter the New Year (and begin our 24th year of publication), the debate about transportation funding is taking a new turn. Talk of raising the federal gas tax has become muted and even the efficacy of the gas tax itself is being questioned. And no wonder: vehicles are becoming more fuel efficient, CAFE standards are becoming more stringent, vehicle use is leveling off, and hybrids and electric vehicles are expected to slowly but surely increase their market penetration.

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2012 Census of California Water Transit Services

Monday, January 14th, 2013

MINETA TRANSPORTATION INSTITUTE
This study provides a comprehensive assessment of current ferry operations in the state of California. this work was conducted to assist the California Department of transportation (Caltrans) comply with requirements in the federal MAp-21 legislation (the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act). MAP-21 is the first multi-year transportation authorization enacted since 2005 and funds surface transportation programs at over $105 billion for fiscal years 2013 and 2014.

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How Metropolitan Planning Organizations Plan for and Fund Bicycling and Walking Investments

Monday, January 14th, 2013

ADVOCACY ADVANCE
The new transportation law, MAP-­21, gives Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) more responsibility for distributing federal transportation funds. MPOs serving areas with more than 200,000 residents are required to use a competitive process to select projects for funding through the Transportation Alternatives Program.

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Revealed: House Transportation Committee Priorities for 2013

Monday, January 7th, 2013

Transportation Issues Daily Last week new House Transportation Chair Bill Shuster outlined the issues and legislation his Committee will focus on during 2013. Preparing for the renewal of surface transportation programs – the modification and renewal of MAP-21 – is of course on the list. Shuster addresses what will be the toughest issue: “Key to […]

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A Post-Election Outlook for Transportation

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Innovation NewsBriefsVol. 23, No. 32 With President Obama’s reelection and his oft-stated commitment to investing in infrastructure, there is reason for the transportation community to be upbeat and hopeful as we approach the end of the year.  At a post-election analysis of federal transportation policy convened by the Bipartisan Policy Center and the Eno Center […]

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