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U.S. Department of Transportation Announces More than $60 Million in Funding for Leading Transportation Research

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) today announced more than $60 million in funding for 32 University Transportation Centers (UTCs) around the country. UTCs are comprised of groups of universities seeking solutions to national, regional and local transportation issues. The 32 UTCs were previously selected for grants authorized under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act.“The Department continues to invest in the future of American transportation by...

U.S. DOT announces $7.7 million for first round of Regional University Transportation Center Grants

WASHINGTON: As part of the University Transportation Centers (UTC) program, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has selected the University of Maine, Rutgers University, and Pennsylvania State University for regional grants authorized under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act for fiscal years 2016-2020.  All three UTCs will receive their first-year funding now:

  • Region 1: University of Maine – Transportation Infrastructure Durability Center: $2,570,600...

News Digest DOT 39-17

USDOT Soliciting Applications for University Transportation Center Grants in Three Federal Regions. As part of the University Transportation Centers (UTC) program, the US Department of Transportation is seeking applications from eligible nonprofit institutions of higher education located in Federal Regions 1, 2 and 3 for grants authorized under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. In the coming weeks, the Department, via the Office of the Assistant...

FAST Act Implementation Highlights


Congress heeded the call by Secretary Anthony Foxx and others, and enacted the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act last December. It is the first authorization act in a decade that provides long-term funding certainty for surface transportation infrastructure planning and investment. Over the past several months since the enactment of the FAST Act, DOT has moved rapidly to implement the Act as quickly and effectively as possible.  Below...

The FAST Act: Highway, Rail, and Hazardous Materials Transportation Safety

The FAST Act makes a number of changes to the Department’s safety programs, including creating new grant programs, and making changes to the Department’s authorities to protect the traveling public.

Specifically, the FAST Act:

  • Increases the maximum civil penalty that may be imposed against auto makers for safety-related motor vehicle defects;
  • Improves the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) ability to...

The FAST Act: Accelerating Project Delivery

The FAST Act includes a number of changes to Federal law intended to streamline the environmental review process for many transportation projects across the Federal Government. 

Specifically, the FAST Act:

  • Extends the environmental review process that applies to highways and public transportation to railroad and multimodal projects. The Act provides the Secretary with the authority to extend the highway environmental review provisions (23...

The FAST Act: Increasing Transportation Choices and Opportunities

The FAST Act includes provisions are intended to improve transportation options, redevelop communities, and expand employment opportunities --particularly for low-income individuals, minorities, and persons with disabilities. 

Specifically, the Act:

  • Makes transit-oriented development projects eligible for financing under the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) and the Railroad Rehabilitation &...

The FAST Act: Freight Provisions

The FAST Act includes a number of provisions focused on ensuring the safe, efficient, and reliable movement of freight.

Specifically, the FAST Act:

  • Establishes a National Multimodal Freight Policythat includes national goals to guide decision-making.
  • Requires the Development of a National Freight Strategic Plan to implement the goals of the new National Multimodal Freight Policy.  The National Freight...

The Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act or "FAST Act"

On December 4, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, or “FAST Act.” It is the first law enacted in over ten years that provides long-term funding certainty for surface transportation, meaning States and local governments can move forward with critical transportation projects, like new highways and transit lines, with the confidence that they will have a Federal partner over the long term. Secretary Foxx and his team at U.S. DOT have worked...