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Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act and Beyond
 

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Janet Oakley, Director of Policy and Government Relations, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials

Janet Oakley, Director of Policy and Government Relations, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials

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  • Good morning. It is a pleasure to be here to talk with you about the recent passage of legislation to reform and extend the Federal Surface transportation programs. Two weeks ago we saw just how Congress when it acts in a bipartisan way can produce critical legislation. We owe thanks to key members of the House and Senate such as Boxer, Inhofe, Baucus, Mica, Shuster, Camp, Reid and Boehner. This legislation while for only two years represents major positive change that will both fund the programs and make many needed reforms.
  • 2008 funding level was $40,216,051,359One of the story lines is that MAP-21 continues funding the highway program at current levels, plus inflation. This is certainly a true statement, but what’s often left unsaid is that current funding includes a significant reduction that enacted last November in the annual appropriations bill and essentially blessed in MAP-21. The reduction trimmed about $2 billion from the highway program, and that reduction is sustained in the two years covered by MAP-21
  • Expanded flexibility to undertake activities prior to completion of NEPAAcquisition of real property (and federal funds can be used for early ROW acquisition)DesignEnter into CM/GC two-phased contractUSDOT is required to establish Categorical Exclusions for Emergency replacement projects Projects located within the operation right-of-wayProjects with limited amounts of federal funding, including projects with less than $5 million dollars of federal funding, or projects with a total cost of $30 million and with federal funds of less than 15% of the costCertain multimodal projectsExpanded delegation – makes the five-state delegation pilot a permanent program and extends to availability to all states and to include rail, transit and multimodal projectsSupport for Programmatic ApproachesAllows States or MPOs to develop programmatic mitigation plansRulemaking to allow programmatic approaches to the environmental review processFurther Process ReformsNew issue resolution procedures that allow for elevationResource agency deadlines for reviewsProgram to complete some ongoing EISs for complex projects with 4 years; only available for EISs that have been under way for at least 2 yearsResource agency financial penalties for failure to meet deadlinesStatute of limitations for judicial challenges is reduced from 180 days to 150 daysAbility to issue combined FEIS and ROD
  • Historic Preservation 3.5%Acquisition of Scenic/Historic Easements 2.1%Rehabilitation of Historic Transportation Facilities 9.0%Scenic/Historical Highway Programs 5.5%Archaeological planning and research 0.5%Transportation Museums 1.5% ------22.15
  • Planning, designing or constructing boulevards and other roadways largely in the ROW of former IS routes or other divided highwaysA state may transfer with up 50% of its apportionments except for PL and STP suballocated funds. Coburn opt out – if unobligated balance exceeds 100% of a one year apportionment, everything over that amount can be used for CMAQ uses.

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