Federal Lands Access Program

The Federal Lands Access Program was created by the “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act” (MAP-21) to improve access to federal lands. The program is directed towards Public Highways, Roads, Bridges, Trails, and Transit systems that are under State, county, town, township, tribal, municipal, or local government jurisdiction or maintenance and provide access to federal lands.

The following activities are eligible for consideration on Federal Lands Access Transportation Facilities:

  1. Preventive maintenance, rehabilitation, restoration, construction and reconstruction
  2. Adjacent vehicular parking areas
  3. Acquisition of necessary scenic easements and scenic or historic sites
  4. Provisions for pedestrian and bicycles
  5. Environmental mitigation in or adjacent to Federal land to improve public safety and reduce vehicle-wildlife mortality while maintaining habitat connectivity
  6. Construction and reconstruction of roadside rest areas, including sanitary and water facilities.
  7. Operation and maintenance of transit facilities

Proposed projects must be located on a public highway, road, bridge, trail or transit system that is located on, is adjacent to, or provides access to Federal lands for which title or maintenance responsibility is vested in a State, county, town, township, tribal, municipal, or local government.

Projects are selected by a Programming Decision Committee (PDC) made up of representatives of:

  • Federal Lands Highway Division, Federal Highway Administration
  • State Department of Transportation
  • An appropriate political subdivision of the state

The PDC is required to cooperate with each applicable Federal Land Management Agency before final programming decisions are made.

Implementation Guidance for the Federal Lands Access Program

The purpose of this web site is to provide a place to disseminate meeting minutes and related documents for all PDC meetings (click on the State below).