Federal Transportation Policy

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ULI’s federal transportation activities have helped connect ULI members to federal transportation policy—to inform the federal transportation law (the 2009 ULI report Transportation for a New Era, for example, laid out priorities for transportation reform), to educate ULI members and leaders about transportation issues and opportunities, and to make federal activities meaningful for metropolitan decision makers.
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Now that a new surface transportation authorization has arrived, ULI is using a variety of platforms to inform members of its contents and of the development implications and opportunities the law may bring. ULI will also work with policy leaders in Washington and beyond to shape the implementation of MAP-21, and will continue to engage in dialogue about the best path forward for transportation in the new economy.

Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) is the two-year reauthorization of the federal transportation program signed by President Obama on July 6, 2012. MAP-21 is bipartisan legislation authorizing the federal surface transportation program through September 2014 and extending the gasoline tax and other highway trust fund taxes through September 2016.
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This work has been generously supported by the Rockefeller Foundation and other partners.

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The Promises and Perils of MAP-21 by Rachel MacCleery, October 2012. “The new federal transportation bill presents both promise and peril for people interested in thriving urban places, said panelists at a session yesterday during ULI’s Fall Meeting in Denver.”

USDOT Talks MAP-21 with ULI by Sarah Jo Peterson, September 2012. “ULI infrastructure leaders had the opportunity September 6 to speak with Beth Osborne, USDOT deputy secretary for transportation policy, about the new transportation law and what it means for urban areas.”

Transportation Bill Signed Into Law by Rachel MacCleery, September 2012. “Now that a new surface transportation authorization has arrived, ULI will use a variety of platforms to inform members of its contents and of the development implications and opportunities the law may bring.”

New Transportation Bill Passes with Bipartisan Support by Rachel MacCleery, July 2012. “On July 6, President Obama signed into law Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), a bipartisan bill authorizing the federal surface transportation program through September 2014 and extending the gas tax and other highway trust fund taxes through September 2016.”

MAP-21: A Step in the Right Direction by Patrick Phillips, March 2012. “ULI is encouraged at the bi-partisan support for this bill, because it signals the importance of a strong transportation policy for America.”

Bicycles Belong by Ed McMahon, February 2012. “Walking and bicycling provide many benefits—reduced air pollution, improved public health, decreased dependence on foreign oil—but federal funding for nonmotorized transportation is now in jeopardy.”

2009-2011 Federal Transportation Policy Coverage Activities