Just prior to press time, the House and Senate sent to the president a two-year compromise bill to consolidate and jump-start federal highway infrastructure, safety, and congestion mitigation programs. After weeks of tense negotiations, a compromise was announced on June 27 and was passed on June 29 by the House, 373–52, and the Senate, 74–19.
In addition to providing needed funding to states for roadway and bridge construction and repairs, the new law, entitled Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), streamlines project completion and encourages states to use federal highway funds to deploy intelligent transportation systems and electric vehicle supply technologies offered by NEMA member companies. States are also encouraged to develop and follow plans to improve freight transportation.
For more information on MAP-21 and the benefits to NEMA member companies, visit www.nema.org/transbill.
Craig Updyke, Manager, Trade and Commercial Affairs