Map-21 and Counties


Under MAP-21, funding available for locally-owned bridges and Federal-aid highways decreased 30%. Restore funding for infrastructure owned by counties in the next surface transportation bill.

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On July 31, Congress passed a short-term patch that will keep the Highway Trust Fund solvent and extend the current federal surface transportation law--Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21)--through May of 2015. Had Congress failed to pass this measure, the Highway Trust Fund would have become insolvent and MAP-21 would expire at the end of September. While avoiding a major transportation funding crisis through this short-term measure was necessary, counties need to tell Congress that a long-term vision and funding certainty are what's best for our country's transportation infrastucture.

In addition to asking Congress to provide long-term funding certainty, counties should advocate for policies that support locally owned infrastructure. When MAP-21 passed Congress in the Summer of 2012, it made significant changes to the federal highway programs that caused a 30 percent decrease in the funding available to the roads, highways and bridges owned by counties and other local governments.

As the owners of 45 percent of the nation's roads and 39 percent of the nation's bridges, it's critical that counties urge Congress to fix the cracks in federal funding by returning these dollars to the local areas. Specifically, counties should tell Congress to get more money down to local decision-makers by increasing the suballocation of federal funds to local areas.

  • Action Item: Show your members of Congress how MAP-21 impacted the funding available to locally-owned infrastructure in your state by sharing your state's profile (available in the "Show Impact" tab above).
  • Action item: Ask Congress to support locally owned infrastructure by fixing the cracks in MAP-21's funding and increasing the amount of federal highway dollars that get suballocated to local areas.
  • For additional information on transportation advocacy, please contact Jessica Monahan at 202.942.4217.