MAP-21, the federal transportation reauthorization bill, was signed into law on July 6, 2012 after several years of SAFETEA-LU continuing resolutions . The bill is a two-year $105 billion surface transportation reauthorization. PennDOT had been operating under continuing resolutions, along with the rest of the nationís DOTs, since September 30, 2009, when SAFETEA-LU expired.
MAP-21 is an acronym that stands for Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century. The text of the MAP-21 legislation, along with summaries of the bill, are available at the Federal Highway Administration and Congressional links
MAP-21 includes many of the recommendations that have been offered over the years. It consolidates and streamlines highway and transit programs. This
A performance-based program is also created, as a means to provide a more efficient investment of Federal transportation funds and also to increase the
$82 billion of the $105 billion bill is authorized for FY2013 and FY2014 for road, bridge, bicycling, and walking improvements. In addition, private sector
Finally, the bill extends the Highway Trust Fund through federal fiscal year 2016, which is two years beyond MAP-21ís reauthorization mandate. The Highway Trust Fund will face a deficit beginning in 2015, however. MAP-21 will cover that deficit via transfers of $19 billion from general funds with offsets to cover the transfer of those funds.
It is the mission of the PennDOT NextGeneration initiative to engage PennDOTís management and rank-and-file forces to undertake a proactive approach for refreshing and advancing the standard business practices and the technology that is place at PennDOT.†
PennDOTís current organizational structure was established in the late 1970ís.† At that time highway operations were changed from a centralized decision-making structure to a decentralized structure with design, construction, and maintenance managed in the district and county offices. The Central Office functions evolved to primarily statewide policy development and assistance to the districts with project planning and delivery.†
PennDOT leaders have an interest and duty in keeping current with technology and engaging a proactive approach for
The intent of the regionalization element is to implement statewide a mode of resource sharing amongst district and central offices. Maximizing the use of resource sharing will enhance efforts to fully utilize internal staff before engaging assistance from external business partners while also serving to
level off the localized peaks and valleys of workload
Although the initial function PennDOT NextGeneration is to explore internal PennDOT opportunities for creating