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Using MAP-21 to Strengthen Rural Communities

In January, Transportation for America released Making the Most of MAP-21, a 109-page handbook that explains the many changes in federal transportation policy — positive and negative — and outlines how local officials and advocates can help get involved and urge states to make sure that MAP-21 — Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century  money is used for the priorities of local communities. On Feb. 27, Transportation for America held a webinar focused on helping rural communities to take advantage of the MAP-21 changes. Among the speakers was Reconnecting America's President and CEO John Robert Smith.

The best of our thriving rural cities, towns and communities offer safe roads and transportation options—from vanpools to walkable main streets—especially for those who are unable to drive or want to leave the car at home. MAP-21 has changed the way rural communities will access transportation dollars, what these funds may be used for and who will make funding decisions.

A two-page summary entitled "Using the federal transportation bill to strengthen rural economies" summarizes the changes discussed in the webinar.

A recording of the webinar that includes the slides is available here.  The MP3 recording of the webinar is available here.

Transportation for America's Webinars and Online Presentations can be found here.

Reconnecting America co-chairs the Transportation for America campaign with Smart Growth America. T4 includes a coalition of more than 500 members including business, housing, environment, development, labor, health, aging and transportation interests to focus on the next federal transportation bill. T4 advocates for a transformational Federal transportation policy and investments that are economically sound, respond to markets and improve the lives of people.