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Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act or "FAST Act"

Contact Information

Lydia Conrad
Lydia.Conrad@dot.gov

On December 4, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act, or "FAST Act" – the first Federal law in over ten years to provide long-term funding certainty for surface transportation. The FAST Act authorizes $305 billion over fiscal years 2016 through 2020 for the Department's highway, highway and motor vehicle safety, public transportation, motor carrier safety, hazardous materials safety, rail, and research, technology and statistics programs. With its enactment, States and local governments may now move forward with critical transportation projects, like new highways and transit lines, with the confidence that they will have a Federal partner over the long term.

This web site will be your one-stop shop for information about the portions of the Act related to the Federal Highway Administration's Office of Operations. We will add information on a regular basis as implementation progresses, and we invite you to visit the site often.

For further information about all of the FHWA-related sections of the FAST Act, please visit https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/fastact/index.cfm. For additional details regarding the FAST Act, including provisions that impact other agencies within the U.S. Department of Transportation, please refer to the Department's FAST Act Web site.

Freight Management and Operations

Transportation Management

  • Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment Initiative (ATCMTD) – Contact David Harris at David.Harris@dot.gov or Cyrenthia Ward at Cyrenthia.Ward@dot.gov for more information.
  • Surface Transportation System Funding Alternatives (STSFA) Program – Contact Angela Fogle at Angela.Fogle@dot.gov for more information.
    • Fact Sheet
    • Reports
      • New Publication 02/22/21 Surface Transportation System Funding Alternatives Phase I Evaluation: Pre-Deployment Activities for a User-Based Fee Demonstration by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (HTML, PDF 788KB)
      • New Publication 12/01/20 Bridging the Communications Gap in Understanding Road Usage Charges (HTML, PDF 545KB)
    • 2019 Biennial Report
    • 2017 Biennial Report
    • FY 2020
      • Notice of Funding Opportunity (FY 2020) – Grants.gov
      • STSFA Program Information Webinar Recording – February 4, 2020
      • New Publication 04/08/21 FY 2020 Awards – Press Release

        FY 2020 Grant Selections
        State DOT Recipients and Partners Project/Description Funding Amount
        California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) Road Charge Pilots Program: Caltrans will test the viability of current global positioning system technology to determine which roads are part of a public network and may be subject to a fee. $2,150,000
        Delaware Department of Transportation/Eastern Corridor Coalition (formerly I-95 CC) Testing Implementation Paths for Mileage Based User Fees (MBUF): The Coalition will demonstrate and test paths for MBUF in the DC metro area and seven states -- DE, MD, ME, NC, NJ, PA and VA. $4,670,000
        Hawaii Department of Transportation Digital Mapping Data, Distance-Precision, and Transportation Taxation: Hawaii DOT will investigate the current state and completeness of digital mapping data to determine which roads are part of a public network and may be subject to a fee. $250,000
        Kansas/Minnesota Departments of Transportation RUC Demonstration Project: Kansas DOT will lead a joint effort working with Minnesota DOT to explore the impacts of RUC implementation in the Midwest, with focus on rural and agricultural populations and intrastate and interstate commercial freight and supply chain operators. $3,250,000
        Ohio Department of Transportation Alternative User Based Revenue Initiative: Ohio DOT will obtain data for a large-scale outreach program geared towards educating the public about RUC. $2,000,000
        Oregon Department of Transportation/RUC West Road Usage Charge Summit: RUC West will host a conference that will explore opportunities and barriers to interoperability, expand knowledge about RUC and foster new partnerships. $134,875
        Texas Department of Transportation Demonstration of Smartphone-Based Alternative to Current Gas Tax Structure: Dallas-Fort Worth will assess the feasibility and technological capability of utilizing smartphone technology to understand travel patterns and the development of an accounting framework. $5,000,000
        Utah Department of Transportation RUC Customer Service Optimization: Utah DOT will develop and validate RUC-specific customer service improvements designed to enhance public acceptability and attract more voluntary participants. $1,250,000
    • FY 2019
      • Notice of Funding Opportunity (FY 2019) – Grants.gov
      • STSFA Program Information Webinar Recording – September 10, 2019
      • FY 2019 Awards – Press Release

        FY 2019 Grant Selections
        State DOT Recipients and Partners Project/Description Funding Amount
        Delaware Department of Transportation/Eastern Transportation Coalition (formerly I-95 Corridor Coalition) The Coalition's proposal is designed to develop and test solutions for making Mileage Based Usage Fee (MBUF) a sustainable transportation funding approach at the State and Federal levels. This will be accomplished through full, new demonstration pilots in Maine and Virginia and enhanced demonstration pilots in Delaware, New Jersey, North Carolina, Northern Virginia, and Pennsylvania. $3,350,000
        Oregon Department of Transportation (DODT) The ODOT CVE demonstration will attempt to deploy a functional implementation that serves to validate data sharing that must occur between the data collection, transaction processing and account management subsystems. $5,000,000
        Oregon Department of Transportation /Western Road Usage Charge Consortium Design and test blockchain technology to share transactional information between jurisdictions. Blockchain represents a digital database containing information (such as records of financial transactions) that can be simultaneously used and shared within a large decentralized, publicly accessible network. $250,000
        Utah Department of Transportation This project will examine the ability to integrate several aspects of the Utah Department of Transportation's (UDOT) newly implemented RUC program for alternative vehicles with its existing Express Lanes tolling systems. $350,000
        Utah Department of Transportation UDOT will test interagency coordination and system interoperability between state and local entities by allowing local jurisdictions the ability to piggyback on existing MBUFs, including Utah's system. $395,000
        Washington State Department of Transportation/Washington State Transportation Commission (WSTC) WSTC will explore six tasks designed to probe and improve upon implementation challenges discovered during the recently completed WA RUC Assessment and Pilot Project. $5,525,000
        Wyoming Department of Transportation Wyoming Truck Mileage User Fee Pilot: Explore ways to capture intrastate truck mileage by modifying the IFTA process to charge MBUF. $250,000
    • FY 2018
      • Notice of Funding Opportunity (FY 2018) – Grants.gov
      • FY 2018 Awards – Press Release

        FY 2018 Grant Selections
        State DOT Recipients and Partners Project/Description Funding Amount
        California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) Exploration of California's Road Usage Charge Program (RUC) with emerging technologies and services, such as Usage-Based Insurance (UBI), Transportation Network Companies (TNCs), and Autonomous Vehicles (AVs). $2,030,000
        Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) – I-95 Corridor Coalition Use of mileage-based user fees in a multi-state region. The project addresses the requirements for implementation, interoperability, public acceptance, and other potential hurdles across state lines. $3,028,000
        Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) Demonstration of the feasibility of distance based user fees through the shared mobility model, such as Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) providers. $999,600
        Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) Deployment of innovative strategies such as a vehicle registration fee along with other used-based charges. $1,782,500
        New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) Exploration of road user charges levied in conjunction with vehicle registration fees. $250,000
        Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) – Western Road User Charge Consortium (AZ, CA, CO, ID, HI, MT, NV, OK, OR, UT, and WA) Exploration of Road Usage Charge and Automated Vehicles at both the state level and in a regional interoperable system. $950,000
        Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) Utah will pilot a road user charge program for alternative fuel vehicles including hybrid and electric vehicles. $1,250,000
    • FY 2017
      • Notice of Funding Opportunity (FY 2017) – Grants.gov
      • STSFA Program Information Webinar Recording – April 28, 2017
      • FY 2017 Awards – Press Release

        FY 2017 Grant Selections
        State DOT Recipients and Partners Project/Description Funding Amount
        California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) The project will explore mechanisms to collect revenue at pay-at-the-pump charging stations. $1,750,000
        Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) The project will investigate data collection mechanisms. $500,000
        Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) in partnership with the I-95 Corridor Coalition The project will study equitability and privacy issues in a multi-state region. $975,000
        Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) The project will conduct public outreach on concerns related to equity and data security issues. $2,772,500
        Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) The project will initiate improvements to Oregon's existing road usage charge program. $2,315,000
        Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) in partnership with the Western Road User Charge Consortium (WRUCC) The project will launch a pilot between California and Oregon to connect the two states' per-mile road user charging systems, to ultimately expand the concept regionally. $2,590,000
        Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT) in partnership with the Washington State Transportation Commission (WSTC) The project will conduct public outreach with users regarding method for assessing and collecting fees. $4,600,000
    • FY 2016
      • Fact Sheet
      • Notice of Funding Opportunity – Grants.gov
      • Notice of Funding Opportunity – Federal Register Notice
      • Webinar
      • FY 2016 Awards – Press Release

        FY2016 Grant Selections
        Recipient State and Partners Project/Description Funding Amount
        California Department of Transportation Road User Charge (RUC) using pay-at-the Pump/ charging stations. $750,000
        Delaware Department of Transportation User fees based with on-board mileage counters in collaboration with members of the I-95 Corridor Coalition. $1,490,000
        Hawaii Department of Transportation User fee collection based on manual and automated odometer readings at inspection stations. $3,998,000
        Minnesota Department of Transportation Use of Mobility-as-a-Service providers (MaaS) as the revenue collection mechanism. $300,000
        Missouri Department of Transportation Implementation a new registration fee schedule based on estimated miles per gallon. $250,000
        Oregon Department of Transportation Improvements to Oregon's existing road usage charge program. $2,100,000
        Oregon Department of Transportation Establishing the consistency, compatibility and interoperability in road user charging for a regional system in collaboration with members of the Western Road User Charge Consortium. $1,500,000
        Washington Department of Transportation Testing critical elements of interoperable, multi-jurisdictional alternative user-based revenue collection systems. Piloting methods of road usage reporting with Washington drivers. $3,847,000