President signs transportation bill into law

Provides long-term transportation funding

Posted December 7, 2015

On December 4, 2015, President Barack Obama signed into law the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, or “FAST Act.”

The act largely maintains current program structures and funding shares between highways and transit. The five-year reauthorization act increases highway and transit funding by eleven percent. The law also makes changes and reforms to many federal transportation programs, including streamlining the approval processes for new transportation projects, providing new safety tools, and establishing new programs to advance critical freight projects.

The act includes provisions addressing several Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration programs including Compliance, Safety Accountability (CSA), and drug and alcohol testing. It also includes various exemptions for specific industries and mandates that studies be conducted on various motor carrier safety topics.


 

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