The first step toward authorizing a long term highway funding bill takes place Thursday, March 14. The Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, under Chairman Tom Petri (R-WI) will hold a hearing on the implementation of reforms and requirements including in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21).
Petri told me this hearing will lay the foundation for a series of hearings over the next year or so that he hopes will lead to a “real highway program reauthorization before the Congress is over.”
When asked what he meant by “real highway authorization” Petri told me, “A 6 year one that is adequately funded.” He suggested adequate long term funding is needed to ensure the country has a first rate infrastructure.
Click Here To Listen to my brief conversation with Congressman Petri.
MAP-21 is the current surface transportation law, which was enacted last July and expires at the end of Fiscal Year 2014 (September 30, 2014).
“Ensuring that the Department of Transportation is making progress in implementing MAP-21 provisions, and preparing for the next surface transportation reauthorization are both priorities for the Committee and Subcommittee this Congress,” Petri said in a prepared statement. “I look forward to hearing from the Department on its efforts to implement major reforms, such as project delivery and program consolidation required by MAP-21.”
Scheduled to appear are:
- Victor M. Mendez, Administrator, Federal Highway Administration
- Peter M. Rogoff, Administrator, Federal Transit Administration
- Anne S. Ferro, Administrator, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
- David L. Strickland, Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration