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Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century

Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21)

MAP-21 Provisions and Programs

MAP-21 encompasses a range of policy provisions. Details by category are found below.

Highway infrastructure programming

MAP-21's highway infrastructure programming provisions provide an apportionment level consistent with FY 2012 funding with slight increase for inflation and introduce system performance requirements.

Transportation Alternatives Program

MAP-21 established the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) to provide for a variety of alternative transportation projects, including many that had been previously eligible activities under separately funded programs.  The TAP replaced funding from pre-MAP-21 programs including Transportation Enhancements, Scenic Byways, Safe Routes to School, and several other discretionary programs with a competitive program developed by states.

Please see the new Transportation Alternatives web page for program updates and grant solicitation information. 

Project delivery and environmental streamlining

MAP-21's project delivery and environmental streamlining provisions promote an accelerated environmental review process through an expansion of categorical exclusions and other streamlining events.


Safety provisions of MAP-21 provide an increase in funding for the Highway Safety Improvement Program and require an investment plan that prioritizes projects on the ability to reduce fatal and serious injuries.


Freight provisions of MAP-21 provide for the development of a National Freight Strategic Plan, national prioritization of projects to improve freight movement and formalizes a 30,000 mile National Freight Network.


MAP-21's transit provisions reduce the level of funding available for transit-related Surface Transportation Programs and increase emphasis on asset management, security and safety.