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FAST ACT IMPACT
THE FAST ACT HAS PROVIDED $11 BILLION TO BUILD A FREIGHT
TRANSPORTATION NETWORK. CONNECTING SEAPORTS TO
HIGHWAYS IS A KEY PART OF THAT EFFORT.
By Michael Fickes

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n 2015, Congress enacted the Fixing
America's Surface Transportation
(FAST) Act. Observers say that the
measure is of vital importance to
the freight industry
Just as the Interstate Highway Act provided long-term funding for the construction of a vast network of highways across
the nation, the FAST Act is providing funding for transportation projects of all kinds.
This funding includes just under $11 billion
dedicated to constructing freight transportation facilities.

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Spending will occur in two categories.
The first category will provide $4.5 billion for discretionary grants for Projects
of Highway and Freight Significance. In
this category, only $500 million can be
spent on multimodal projects - such as
those important to ports.
The second category will fund freight.
The National Highway Freight Program
will make grants totaling $6.3 billion over
a period of five years.
The FAST Act also simplified federal loan
programs as well as regulations with the goal

of making it easier to apply for and acquire
funding for complex transportation projects.
Within six months of the passage of the
FAST Act, the states had identified 6,202
freight projects and $259 billion in project costs - this, according to "The State
of Freight II - Implementing the FAST
Act and Beyond," which was published
in November 2016 by AAPA and the
American Association of State Highway
and Transportation Officials (AASHTO).
A number of FAST grants will benefit
U.S. seaports, in the form of grants via



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Seaports Magazine - Spring 2017

AAPA Headquarters
From the President’s Desk
Ports’ Power as Conveners
FAST Act Impact
Following Up on the Funding Trail
Infrastructure Coordination: Competing Globally, Acting Locally
A Digital Vision of Leadership: Using Technology to Improve the Supply Chain in Los Angeles
XXV Latin American Congress of Ports
Every American, Every Day is Impacted by Port Activities
LED Lighting – The Right Choice for Ports?
Index of Advertisers
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Seaports Magazine - Spring 2017 - Infrastructure Coordination: Competing Globally, Acting Locally
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Seaports Magazine - Spring 2017 - A Digital Vision of Leadership: Using Technology to Improve the Supply Chain in Los Angeles
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Seaports Magazine - Spring 2017 - LED Lighting – The Right Choice for Ports?
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