May 2013 Forum Focus: Making the Most of MAP-21

Posted on: May 9th, 2013 by Preservation Leadership Forum Staff

transportationcoverblogWhen Congress passes a new law, most people wonder: “Does this affect me? And if so, how?” The new transportation law enacted by Congress last fall has preservationists asking these same questions.

Effective October 1, 2012, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) is a $120 billion two-year bill that includes a dramatic restructuring of transportation programs and processes. These changes will affect the various transportation funding programs and project review and delivery that have proven to be immensely beneficial to historic preservation projects over the past 20 years. This Forum Focus will explain these changes and how they affect historic preservation as well as the importance of getting involved in transportation planning.

Forum Members can obtain a PDF (1.44 MB) copy of the May 2013 Forum Focus by logging into www.preservationnation.org/forum.

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Note: Since MAP-21 is only in effect until September 2014, discussions have already begun on the next reauthorization. Now is the time to start making the case for historic preservation! We can expect the next reauthorization to bring similar challenges, and we need to be ready to defend the important protections and programs already in place. You can help by educating and informing key decision makers on the importance of historic preservation in the transportation planning process and the value of Section 4(f) as a resource protection tool. Let us know of specific examples where historic preservation has been successfully integrated into transportation planning or where 4(f) was critical in protecting historic resources. We depend on preservationists across the country to demonstrate the importance of maintaining a strong Section 4(f) regulatory presence --as well as more advanced transportation planning concepts and designs --to keep the community character and cultural resources of our country intact.