Transportation – President Signs Highway and Transit Reauthorization

On Friday, December 4, President Obama signed the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act).  The FAST Act is the first long term reauthorization of the nation’s highway and transit law in 10 years.  The five year reauthorization provides more stability in funding for new highway and transit projects.  The FAST Act will increase transit funding by over 10 percent the first year and over 17 percent in 2020.  The law also includes funding increases for the 5310 program which provides transportation services to individuals with disabilities and the elderly.  A new pilot program is also included to increase mobility services to people with disabilities.  Funding is also provided to revitalize a federal interagency initiative to improve local transit coordination, including coordinating non-emergency medical transportation.  The Arc will monitor the implementation of this law.

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