Policy and Regulations
On December 4, 2015, President Obama signed the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act (Pub. L. No. 114-94) into law—the first federal law in over a decade to provide long-term funding certainty for surface transportation infrastructure planning and investment. The FAST Act authorizes $305 billion over fiscal years 2016 through 2020 for highway, highway and motor vehicle safety, public transportation, motor carrier safety, hazardous materials safety, rail, and research, technology, and statistics programs. The FAST Act maintains our focus on safety, keeps intact the established structure of the various highway-related programs we manage, continues efforts to streamline project delivery and, for the first time, provides a dedicated source of federal dollars for freight projects. With the enactment of the FAST Act, states and local governments are now moving forward with critical transportation projects with the confidence that they will have a federal partner over the long term.
The FHWA has created several resources to help familiarize stakeholders with FAST Act. They can be accessed from the FHWA FAST Act website.
- FHWA FAST Act Website
- Fact Sheet on Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program
- Fact Sheet on Statewide and Nonmetropolitan Planning
- Fact Sheet on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Program
- Fact Sheet on Metropolitan Planning
- Fact Sheet on Performance Management