Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act

Authorizations & Funding

The FAST Act authorizes $305 billion nationally over federal fiscal years 2016 through 2020 for highway, highway and motor vehicle safety, public transportation, motor carrier safety, hazardous materials safety, rail, and research, technology, and statistics programs. The FAST Act maintains our focus on safety, keeps intact the established structure of the various highway-related programs we manage, continues efforts to streamline project delivery and, for the first time, provides a dedicated source of federal dollars for freight projects.

  • National Highway Performance Program
  • (NHPP); Surface Transportation Block Grant program
  • Highway Safety Improvement Program
  • Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program  
  • Transit Formula Grants and National Highway Freight Program, among others.

Performance Management

The FAST Act continues its predecessor’s overall performance management approach, within which States invest resources in projects that collectively will make progress toward national goals.

Highway Trust Fund

The Highway Trust Fund (HTF) is a transportation fund in the United States which receives money from a federal fuel tax of 18.4 cents per gallon on gasoline and 24.4 cents per gallon of diesel fuel and related excise taxes. The HTF serves as a funding source for programs authorized by the FAST Act. The HTF is comprised of the Highway Account and Mass Transit Account.

FAST Act Information

For more information on the FAST Act, visit the U.S. DOT website: