WASHINGTON — The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee has released its version of a new transportation authorization bill, scheduled for mark-up Wednesday morning.
The bi-partisan two-year package, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), maintains funding at current levels and is designed to reform the nation’s transportation programs to make them more efficient while providing assistance for transportation projects under the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) program to leverage state, local, and private-sector funding.
In addition to strengthening the TIFIA program, MAP-21 consolidates the number of Federal programs by two-thirds, from about 90 programs to fewer than 30, and eliminates earmarks. It also includes provisions to consolidate some programs into a focused freight plan. MAP-21 also aims to expedite project delivery while protecting the environment.