In order to fully fund the program Congress will have to identify approximately $100 billion in revenue above what is projected to be raised by highway user fees. The bill keeps the basic structure of its predecessor, MAP-21, while adding two new major programs.
The National Freight Program provides $6 billion over five years to states for projects on the National Highway Freight Network, a network of highways identified by USDOT and the states as critical to the movement of freight. Up to 10 pecent of the funding can be used by states for non-highway freight projects. The bill did not increase state flexibility to toll existing Interstates, as proposed by the Obama Administration. Nor did it make any changes to truck size and weight limits.
A schedule for consideration on the Senate Floor has not yet been announced. Note that motor carrier, transit and rail programs fall under the jurisdiction of different Senate committees and were not included in this legislation.
Neither the other committees with jurisdiction over the surface transportation bill in the Senate, nor the House committees of jurisdiction, have released their portions of the legislation or announced when they will release their bills. The current bill, MAP-21, expires on October 1.