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The FAST Act is Driving Public Transit Improvements



The 2015 FAST Act committed $305 billion to our nation’s transportation network over five years, including an 18 percent increase in funding for public transportation. Over the last two years, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has been implementing many components of the FAST Act. Here are some highlights:



    The FAST Act provided $3.75 billion for buses and bus facilities. State and local governments, representing communities of all sizes, have applied for grants to create, improve, and expand bus systems.

    In 2016, more than 60 bus projects all around the country were awarded more than $210 million in federal funding. Projects in Tomah, Wisconsin, and Mesa County, Colorado, expanded mobility options for people with disabilities. Many public transit systems received funds to replace ageing buses or upgrade to more efficient and environmentally friendly vehicles.

    Bus systems are the backbone of public transit systems in communities large and small. The next round of funding will provide $226.5 million for bus improvements, with winning projects to be announced soon.





    The FAST Act is enabling expansions of commuter rail systems. Notably, Maryland broke ground in 2017 on its Purple Line, connecting the Washington, D.C., metro area with Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties. Commuter rail expansion and modernization efforts in Los Angeles and Chicago are also moving forward thanks to federal FAST Act dollars.





    Public transit is essential not only for cities, but also for smaller towns and rural areas. The FAST Act provided funding specifically for public transit improvements in rural areas and on tribal lands.

    In 2017, the DOT announced $5 million worth of grants for 36 tribal public transit projects in 19 states. This funding will provide increased public transit options for tribal members living in rural Alaska, Arizona, California, Idaho, and other states.

    “Transportation is a lifeline in tribal communities, many of which are in rural areas of the country,”noted U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao. “The Tribal Transit Program makes a real difference for residents in these communities by helping to fund convenient, efficient, and affordable public transportation.”



Proposed Budget Cuts Threaten the FAST Act

Even as the FAST Act is delivering on its promise to improve transportation for millions of Americans, it continues to come under threat. The President’s proposed infrastructure initiative and proposed budget cuts could scale back funding for public transit. Urge Congress today to stand up for public transit and include funding for public transit in their infrastructure legislation.

Voices for Public Transit is gearing up for the long-term fight to secure complete implementation and full funding for the FAST Act. Stay tuned to learn actions you can take now and in the future to ensure that America remains committed to public transportation.