Federal Transportation Provision Could Unlock Connecticut Transit

Mar 28th, 2013 | By | Category: Transportation

While it is well known that Connecticut does not fare particularly well under MAP-21, the federal transportation law adopted last year, the state appears well-positioned to take advantage of a new provision allowing the use of federal highway funds for transit systems like Metro-North and the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield line.

Because the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield corridor runs alongside I-91, it may be eligible for funding through a federal highway program. | Image: nhhs.com

Because the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield corridor runs alongside I-91, it may be eligible for funding through a federal highway program. | Image: nhhs.com via blog.tstc.org

As Transportation for America points out in its report Making the Most of MAP-21, MAP-21 allows states to use money from the National Highway Performance Program (NHPP), the largest program in MAP-21, to improve transit along Interstate and other major highway corridors, so long as a transit improvement is a more cost-effective way to reduce delays and improve traffic flow than a road project would be. Some federal “highway” programs can already be used to fund transit, such as the Surface Transportation Program and Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Program. What’s new in MAP-21 is a provision in NHPP, which pays for projects on the National Highway System (NHS), like Interstate highways and some other major roads.

For more on this story, visit: Federal Transportation Provision Could Unlock Connecticut Transit | Mobilizing the Region.

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