Key Senators have reached agreement on more elements of a two-year, $109-billion highway transit bill. However, attaining that funding level requires identifying $12 billion to add to the amount that the Highway Trust Fund can provide, they acknowledge.
Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), an architect of the plan, noted at a July 21 hearing that the current authorization expires on Sept. 30. “It's clear that we have to act,” she said. The measure's title will be Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century, or MAP-21. But by ENR press time, the bill had not been introduced yet.