Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act: A Comprehensive Analaysis
The December 2015 enactment of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, or FAST Act, made clear at least three things.
One, bipartisanship is still alive in Washington, D.C. In the midst of arguably the most divisive political climate in generations, the FAST Act, which retained a strong federal role in transportation, generated 359 votes in the House and 83 in the Senate. It’s hard to identify another policy matter that could garner such strong support from both political parties.
Two, since the July 2012 enactment of MAP-21 and up until the Dec. 3rd final passage of the FAST Act, ARTBA and its outstanding advocacy leaders were relentless in their commitment to get the job done. As President Teddy Roosevelt aptly noted in his famous 1910 speech, “credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly.”