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Congress passes FAST Act

Information courtesy of the Federal Transit Administration, Durbin.Senate.gov, Transportation.House.Gov, the Connecticut Mirror

Earlier this week, Congress hammered out the differences between the House and Senate highway and transportation bills. The result was the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. The bill includes $205 billion on highway and $48 billion on transit projects to be spent over the next five years. It would increase transportation funding to the states by 5 percent in 2016, rising to more than 15 percent in 2020. The FAST Act the first long-term transportation bill since 2005.

The FAST Act increases:

  • Dedicated bus funding by 89% over five years.
  • Funding for the State of Good Repair program to $2.7 billion by the fifth year. This program helps fund public transit system maintenance.
  • Funding to the Bus and Bus Facilities program, increasing the fund from $427.8 million to $808.7 million by the fifth year. This program provides state and local governments and transit agencies with capital assistance for new and replacement buses, and related equipment and facilities.

You can read a summary of the bill here (pdf). You can read the full text of the bill here (pdf).

The bill has been passed by both the House and Senate, and sent to President Obama’s desk to be signed into law. However, if you would like to share your thoughts about the bill or public transportation issues in general, you can find contact information for your federal representatives here.

Doug Schmidt
Act Team Coordinator
The Fifth Freedom Network