The Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act is a five-year reauthorization of federal surface transportation programs signed in December 2015. The act provides noticeable increases in funding. It also created a new, state-based pilot program allowing a state or group of states to receive federal funding to demonstrate alternative funding mechanisms.
On Dec. 3, 2018, NCSL sent a joint letter commenting on the Department of Transportation's third edition of its autonomous vehicles guidance, "Preparing for the Future of Transportation: Automated Vehicles 3.0."
The federal advocacy work of NCSL’s Natural Resources and Infrastructure (NRI) Committee on transportation issues is based on policies that have been approved at both the committee and NCSL-wide levels. Explore the current policy directives and resolutions, as updated at the 2018 NCSL Legislative Summit on Aug. 1, 2018.
The Real ID Act of 2005 establishes prescriptive standards for state-issued driver’s licenses in order for them to be accepted for federal purposes, such as boarding airplanes and entering federal buildings. NCSL’s state-federal policy urges Congress and the administration to develop solutions that recognize national security but do not impede the sovereignty of state licenses.