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MAP-21 Update

The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) was enacted July 6, 2012. MAP-21 extended the Federal-aid highway program unchanged through September 30, 2012, and authorized new provisions effective October 1, 2012, for Federal fiscal years 2013 and 2014. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) developed a summary for MAP-21.

MAP-21 authorized funding for the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) as a setaside of the new Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) (23 U.S.C. 213). The RTP funding is the same as the FY 2009 amount (unless the State opts out; see below): whatever a State received for the RTP in FY 2009 (as revised) will be the RTP amount. This will be up to $84.16 million nationwide, annually, for FY 2013 and 2014.

MAP-21 did not amend the RTP as a program in 23 U.S.C. 206. Existing RTP requirements and provisions remain unchanged, including how States administer the RTP. RTP funds are still consider apportioned funds.

MAP-21 authorized an opt-out provision for the RTP. A State may opt out of the RTP if the Governor of the State notifies the Secretary [of Transportation] not later than 30 days prior to apportionments being made for any fiscal year (September 1).

MAP-21 also amended the Surface Transportation Program (STP) to allow any projects eligible under the RTP to be eligible for STP funds. Recreational trail projects in highway rights-of-way must be treated as highway projects, but projects not in highway-rights-of-way may use "Common Rule" procedures.

Updated: 3/23/2016
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