The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued two separate reports dealing with the areas of project delivery and implementation of the “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century” (MAP-21) surface transportation law. The first report, released January 16, detailed the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) progress in implementing performance-based measures for various aspects of the nation’s transportation system called for by MAP-21. Specifically, the report noted “DOT has missed five of six deadlines established by MAP-21. However, given the length and complexity of the rulemaking process, these deadlines may have been ambitious.” A related November 2014 report discussed the amount of overlap between federal and state environmental reviews for transportation projects, supporting ARTBA’s recommendation that delegating environmental reviews to states would help streamline the overall project review and approval process by reducing the amount of duplicative regulations. ARTBA has been aggressively tracking the implementation of MAP-21 since the law’s passage in 2013 and will continue to keep the industry appraised of DOT’s progress.
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