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Federal Funding

Congress establishes the legal authority to commence and continue Federal Transportation Act programs through authorizing legislation covering several years.

On July 6, 2012, President Obama signed Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), reauthorizing surface transportation programs through fiscal year 2014. Each reauthorization amends the Federal Transit Laws codified in 49 USC Chapter 53. MAP-21 took effect on October 1, 2012.

MAP-21 identifies primary core and discretionary programs, among them the Surface Transportation Program (STP), Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ), Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP), Projects of National and Regional Significance (PNRS), and Transportation Alternatives (TAP).

MAP-21 also authorizes funding for public transportation. Financing the construction, operation and maintenance of public transportation systems involves many different types of funding sources, including Federal and non-Federal grants, cooperative agreements, loans, and revenue sources. Different types of financing arrangements such as leases and public private partnerships have been used to fund the procurement of materials and activities.

Funding through programs authorized under the previous Transportation Act, SAFETEA-LU which expired on Sept. 30, 2012, remain available. Grant recipients administering funds allocated or awarded should refer to the program guidance for information on eligible activities, eligible recipients, and local match.

The Federal Transportation Improvement Program (FTIP) is a capital listing of all transportation projects proposed over a six-year period for the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) region which includes San Bernardino County. The projects include highway improvements, transit, rail and bus facilities, high occupancy vehicle lanes, signal synchronization, intersection improvements, freeway ramps, etc., and identify the funding sources. 

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