Highway Provisions of the FAST Act Jeff Purdy, AICP, PTP
Jeff is the Technical Services Team Leader and Transportation Planner for the Wyoming Division of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). His responsibilities include oversight of the Wyoming Department of Transportation’s Long Range Transportation Planning, Metropolitan Transportation Planning, Transportation Improvement Program, Freight, Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality program. Jeff has over 25 years of experience working on a wide variety of transportation, land use and environmental planning projects at the local, state, and Federal level. Prior to joining FHWA, he worked for a consulting firm in Michigan, specializing in integrated land use and transportation planning. Jeff has a Master of Urban Planning from Michigan State University and is a AICP Certified Planner and ITE Professional Transportation Planner.
Highway Provisions of the FAST Act: On December 4, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act, or "FAST Act" - the first Federal law in over ten years to provide long-term funding certainty for surface transportation. The FAST Act authorizes $305 billion over fiscal years 2016 through 2020 for the USDOT's highway, highway and motor vehicle safety, public transportation, motor carrier safety, hazardous materials safety, rail, and research, technology and statistics programs. With its enactment, States and local governments may now 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. This session will focus on the highway provisions of the FAST Act, including how the Act builds on current transportation program structure and reforms of MAP-21, continues focus on accelerating project delivery, adds a new freight formula with an expanded freight network, and adds a new discretionary program for nationally significant freight and highway projects.