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This MAP-21 fact sheet has been superseded by a FAST Act fact sheet.

Metropolitan Planning





$ 311 M

$ 314 M

*Calculated (sum of estimated individual State Metropolitan Planning apportionments)

Program purpose

The metropolitan planning process establishes a cooperative, continuous, and comprehensive framework for making transportation investment decisions in metropolitan areas. Program oversight is a joint Federal Highway Administration/Federal Transit Administration responsibility.

Statutory and regulatory citation(s):  MAP-21§§ 1105, 1201; 23 USC 104, 134; 23 CFR Part 450

Funding features

Funded by contract authority from the Highway Account of the Highway Trust Fund. Funds are subject to the overall Federal-aid obligation limitation.

MAP-21 has a new approach to formula program funding, authorizing a lump sum total instead of individual authorizations for each program. Once each State’s combined total apportionment is calculated, an amount is set aside for the State’s Metropolitan Planning program via a calculation based on the relative size of the State’s FY 2009 Metropolitan Planning apportionment. (See “Apportionment” fact sheet for a description of this calculation.)


From the State’s Metropolitan Planning apportionment, a proportionate share of funds for the State’s Transportation Alternatives Program is to be set aside. (See “Apportionment” fact sheet for a description of this calculation).

Federal share: Determined in accordance with 23 USC 120.

Key modifications

Modifications to the metropolitan planning process include the following:

Performance-based planning

Long Range Transportation Plan (Plan)

Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

Continuing provisions

Significant continuing provisions include:

Performance report

The Secretary is required to submit a report to Congress not later than 5 years after the date of enactment of MAP-21. The report is to evaluate:

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