MAP-21 Federal Transit Funding Guidance

MAP-21 Federal Transit Funding Guidance

Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) took effect on October 1, 2012, and authorizes $10.578 billion for transit programs in FY 2013 and $10.701 billion in FY 2014. MAP-21 introduces a few new programs, modifies some existing programs and repeals or consolidates others.

MAP-21 maintains the New Starts and Small Starts programs and introduces some changes on eligibility and definitions, specifically clarifying how Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) projects are defined in each program. MAP-21 also introduces a new eligible program for Core Capacity Improvement Projects. The bill authorizes approximately $1.9 billion annually for the Fixed Guideway Capital Investment Grants, and does not currently allocate specified funding levels for New Starts, Core Capacity and Small Starts. MAP-21 introduces a number of measures to streamline the project development process, consolidating some of the project phasing and approval requirements.

HDR is actively involved with the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and other advocacy groups working with Federal Transit Administration staff to address outstanding questions and issues regarding implementation of MAP-21.