On June 29, Congress the House of Representatives and Senate passed a new transportation authorization, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21). Since mid-June, congressional leaders and the leaders of the transportation bill conference committee had been working around the clock to cobble together a final conference report. This new authorization funds federal transportation policy through Sept. 2014 and nearly doubles the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP). In Fiscal Year 2013, the HSIP will be funded at $2.39 billion, and in Fiscal Year 2014, it will be funded at $2.41 billion. This is a tremendous success for the roadway safety industry, especially in an era of program consolidation, streamlining and very strict fiscal constraints.
To read the full HSIP summary, click here.
To read the press release, click here.
To read the report, click here.
To read the Exploration of Consolidation opportunites, click here.
ATSSA Takes Action on MAP-21
In September, ATSSA sent several letters to U.S. DOT Secretary Ray LaHood outlining the Association's insights and interpretations of the new transportation authorization law, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). ATSSA submitted a letter on the Work Zone Safety Grant which advocates for the funding of the grant and shows the important role that the grant has played in recent years to in reducing work zone fatalities. The Association also submitted a letter on the high risk rural road study and manual that MAP-21 instructs the Secretary to undertake. Finally, the third letter discusses state strategic highway safety plans (SHSPs), the Highway Safety improvement Program (HSIP) and how ATSSA members are a valued voice that state DOTs should bring to the table and listen to.
To read the letter on the Work Zone Safety Grant, click here.
To read the letter on SHSP, click here.
To read the letter in support of RISC, click here.