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U.S. Senate Releases Bi-Partisan Transportation Plan

Committee Mark Up Scheduled Wednesday

November 7, 2011

Last Friday evening U.S. Sens. Barbara Boxer (D – Calif), James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Max Baucus (D – Mont.), and David Vitter (R – La.) introduced the Senate version of the federal transportation authorization, or Safe Accountable Flexible Efficient Transportation Equity Act: a Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU).


Titled Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), the proposal includes a two-year authorization that consolidates the approximately 90 programs into approximately 30 programs going forward using current funding levels (plus inflation).


Unlike previous reauthorizations, there would be no earmarks in MAP-21. While the overall proposal uses current funding levels, it expands the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Program (TIFIA) to leverage federal dollars further. 

League staff is in the process of reviewing the details of the 600 page bill, and will release more information as appropriate. City officials and staff can access a copy of the bill online and a committee summary. The bill is scheduled for committee mark up on Wednesday, Nov. 9. summary

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