Senate Adopts MAP-21 Transportation Bill
The Senate approved a two-year surface transportation bill, successfully attracting bipartisan support needed to avoid a potential shutdown at the end of the month. The House continues to work on a bill with a longer timeline - five years - but has been beleagured by debate and conflicting interests. The Senate's MAP-21 bill makes several key reforms, such as establishing goals and performance metrics for multimodal travel options and prioritizes planning for walkable neighborhoods. While sustainable transportation advocates can suggest many ways to improve MAP-21, many hope the bill serves as a blueprint for the House to create a similar bill that puts surface transportation funding on more stable ground.
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