Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act

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Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act
Great Seal of the United States
Long titleAn act to authorize funds for Federal-aid highways, highway safety programs, and transit programs, and for other purposes
Acronyms (colloquial)FAST Act
Enacted bythe 114th United States Congress
EffectiveDecember 4, 2015
Public lawPub. L. 114–94 (text) (PDF)
Statutes at Large129 Stat. 1312
Acts amendedSecurities Act of 1933
Titles amended23 U.S.C.: Highways
Legislative history
  • Introduced in the House as "Hire More Heroes Act of 2015" (22) by Rodney Davis (RIL) on January 6, 2015
  • Passed the House on January 6, 2015 (unanimous consent, 412-0)
  • Passed the Senate on July 30, 2015 (65-34)
  • Reported by the joint conference committee on December 3, 2015; agreed to by the House on December 3, 2015 (359-65) and by the Senate on December 3, 2015 (83-16)
  • Signed into law by President Barack Obama on December 4, 2015

The Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act or the FAST Act is a funding and authorization bill to govern United States federal surface transportation spending. It was passed by Congress on December 3, 2015, and President Barack Obama signed it on the following day.[1][2] The vote was 359–65 in the House of Representatives and 83–16 in the United States Senate.[1][3]


The bill was introduced to the House by Rodney Davis (RIL) as the "Hire More Heroes Act of 2015" on January 6, 2015. The $305 billion, five-year bill is funded without increasing transportation user fees.[4] (The federal gas tax was last raised in 1993.[5]) Instead, funds were generated through changes to passport rules, Federal Reserve Bank dividends, and privatized tax collection.[1]

In Section 6021, Congress asked the Transportation Research Board (TRB) to conduct a study of the actions needed to upgrade and restore the Interstate Highway System to fulfill its role as a crucial national asset, serving the needs of people, cities and towns, businesses, and the military while remaining the safest highway network in the country. The subsequent 2019 report, "Renewing the National Commitment to the Interstate Highway System: A Foundation for the Future," recommended actions Congress could take.[6]

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  1. ^ a b c Laing, Keith; Carney, Jordain (December 3, 2015). "Senate sends $305B highway bill to Obama". The Hill. Retrieved December 4, 2015.
  2. ^ a b Laing, Keith (December 4, 2015). "Obama signs $305B highway bill". The Hill. Retrieved December 4, 2015.
  3. ^ Frittelli, John (December 14, 2018). Federal Freight Policy: In Brief (PDF). Washington, DC: Congressional Research Service. Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  4. ^ "5-Year, $300 Billion "FAST Act" Will Extend Transpo Policy Status Quo to 2020". Streetsblog USA. December 2, 2015. Retrieved August 25, 2021.
  5. ^ "When did the Federal Government begin collecting the gas tax? - Ask the Rambler - Highway History". Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved August 25, 2021.
  6. ^ Renewing the National Commitment to the Interstate Highway System: A Foundation for the Future. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. December 6, 2018.
  7. ^ "Highway bill has some farm help too". Farm Futures. December 4, 2015. Retrieved December 4, 2015.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ Carter, Zach (December 1, 2015). "Congress Is About To Hand This Bank A Ridiculous Gift". The Huffington Post. Retrieved December 4, 2015.
  9. ^ "114th Congress Public Law 94". govinfo. U.S. Government Publishing Office. Retrieved August 25, 2021.
  10. ^ David Lynn; Anna Pinedo (December 7, 2015). "FAST Forward: A Summary of the Securities Law Provisions of the FAST Act (client alert)" (PDF). MOFO Jumpstarter. Morrison Foerster. Retrieved January 21, 2016.
  11. ^ SecondMarket. "Secondary Trading Markets" (PDF). Securities and Exchange Commission. Retrieved January 21, 2016.

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