The FAST Act
The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act is the first federal transportation bill to ever include Complete Streets. The provisions help ensure that newly designed and constructed National Highway System roadways offer better transportation options, improve public health, support retired Americans, advance economic development, reinvest in underserved communities, help kids get to and from school, and keep people safe while biking and walking. The Complete Streets provisions in the FAST Act represent a great step forward in the effort to make streets across the country safer for everyone who uses them.
The bill takes steps in maker streets safer for all users:
- Requires the Secretary of Transportation to encourage states and metropolitan planning organizations to adopt road design standards that take into account pedestrians and other vulnerable road users, as well as motor vehicles, through all phases of planning, development, and operation.
- Directs the Secretary to report on state progress toward implementation and to identify best practices in the states.
- Requires State transportation departments to take into account access for all users and modes of transportation when designing and building National Highway System roadways. This requirement is
a significant step forward, in that all designs and design alternatives need to take into account all potential users of the roadways.
- Requires the use of the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO)’s Urban Street Design Guide as one of the standards that U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) must consider when developing design standards, and it permits local governments to use their own adopted design guides if they are the lead project sponsor and the direct recipient of the federal funds for the project—even if it differs from state standards.
View the National Complete Streets Coalition’s FAST Act Fact Sheet to learn more about Complete Streets legislation and federal funding opportunities in the FAST Act.
Your help is needed to build support for a federal Complete Streets policy!
Here are five things you can do:
- Write to your legislators now, urging them to support Complete Streets legislation.
- Call your in-district office to set up a meeting with your Member of Congress or their staff. Use GovTrack to find contact information for your Senators or Representative and get tips for scheduling a meeting on our resources page.
- Call your Member’s DC office and ask to speak to the staffer working on transportation. Check out our suggested call script.
- Spread the word — tell others about Complete Streets legislation and how their support will make an impact!
Check out our resources section for talking points, sample letters, and more information.