Senate committee approves bill to increase highway safety funding

Jan. 1, 2020
The U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works unanimously approved Senate Bill 1813, "Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21)," which reauthorizes the nation's transportation programs for two years.
The U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works unanimously approved Senate Bill 1813, “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21),” which reauthorizes the nation’s transportation programs for two years.

Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., committee chairwoman, highlighted the subject matter of the hearing in her opening statement, saying, “Colleagues, as we meet today to markup S. 1813, MAP-21, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century, 70,000 of our nation’s bridges are structurally deficient and over 50 percent of our roads are not up to standard.”

Among the highlights of the bill:

  • MAP-21 consolidates the number of federal programs by two-thirds, from approximately 90 programs down to less than 30, to focus resources on key national goals and reduce duplicative programs,
  • Eliminates earmarks,
  • Expedites project delivery while protecting the environment,
  • Creates a new title called “America Fast Forward,” which strengthens the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Program (TIFIA) program to leverage federal dollars further than they have been stretched before.
MAP-21 continues to provide the majority of federal-aid highway funds to the states through core programs. However, the core highway programs have been reduced from seven to five, one of which being the existing core program titled the “Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP).” MAP-21 builds on the success of HSIP and substantially increases the amount of funding for this program because of the strong results it has achieved in reducing fatalities. Under HSIP, states must develop and implement a safety plan that identifies highway safety programs and a strategy to address them.

To view further information, including details of the committee markup, visit ASA’s legislative website at www.TakingTheHill.com.

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