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july 2015 FOGHORN 17 regulatoryReport By Ed Welch PVA Legislative Director O nce again Congress faces a looming deadline July 31 by which time the nations surface trans- portation law must be extended amended or replaced. Without legislative action federal funding for highway and transit projects will dry up. Federal grants for construction of ferry boats and terminals will also be affected. The current federal surface transportation law is called MAP-21 the Moving Ahead for Progress for the 21st Century Act. It was signed into law only three years ago and at the time lawmakers knew it had a short shelf life as it was scheduled to expire in September 2014. When that deadline approached Congress had made little progress in crafting a replacement so MAP-21 was extended tempo- rarily until the end of May 2015. And when that deadline neared an even shorter-term extension was enacted this time until July 31. The likelihood that a long-term replacement for MAP-21 can be completed by the end of this month is almost nil. So we are probably going to see yet another temporary renewal or patch. Whats with Congress inability to approve a long-term Fate of Federal Ferry Grants Caught Up in Debate on Transportation Funding