This is based on an initial skim of the bill (which was signed into law on July 6) and information gathered from others. We’ll have more details on most of these aspects in the coming weeks. See part one. (Also see our more recent MAP-21 coverage. Link to legislative text (1.4mb PDF, 599 pages) and a 91-page summary (pdf).
Program Consolidation: About 60 programs are eliminated or consolidated into four core programs
EPA/Coal Ash: Excluded
Environmental/Project Streamlining: includes a number of provisions, including reductions in USDOT office funding if defined decision deadlines are not met
Complete Streets: Senate proposal not in final bill. Safety provisions require consideration of all users when constructing/repairing roads.
Transit benefit parity: not included in final bill
Performance measures: included for first time, directs states to set some targets and incorporate into planning and programming processes
National Highway Performance Program: new program formed by consolidating by consolidating –Interstate Maintenance, National Highway System and Highway Bridge programs
Ferries: funding to be distributed by formula instead of congressional discretion
National Strategic Plan: directs USDOT to identify projects of national and regional significance, and update it every two years
National Freight Program: Senate proposal were excluded from final bill. Does increase federal funding share of projects that meet certain freight criteria
High Risk Rural Roads: this funding set-aside is eliminated, but there are provisions for directing funding if fatalities increase. Includes provision to maintain and expand intercity bus service and vanpooling.
Buy America: current law retained, refinement provisions not accepted
Transit Oriented Development: creates $10m pilot program for grants to communities with a New Starts Grant to do station area planning
Commuter Benefit: does not restore parity between parking and transit benefit
MPOs: retains current law. No tiering of MPOs or dissolution of smaller MPOs
Federal Lands Highways: reformed into Federal Lands and Tribal Transportation program.
Bus and Bus Facilities Program: this competitive grant program converted to formula distribution of funds
Safety: provides for enhanced data collection, requires setting of performance-related goals, restricts some funding if goals not met, and/or if strategic safety plan is not updated
Bridges: Bridges on the National Highway System would be funded under the National Highway Performance Program (new core program); bridges not on the NHS would be funded under STP. The 15 percent setaside for bridges of the federal-aid highway system on low volume local roads is retained.