By Nick Goldstein, vice president of regulatory & legal issues, ARTBA
A Nov. 6 report from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of the Inspector General said the agency has completed all regulations issued under the 2015 Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act surface transportation reauthorization law.
Reducing unnecessary project delay was a bipartisan priority of the FAST Act and the law featured a number of provisions aimed at speeding up the environmental review and approval process for transportation projects. Specifically, many of the FAST Act’s requirements were aimed at improving National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) reviews.
Over the course of the FAST Act’s regulatory implementation, ARTBA has regularly filed comments and worked with the agency to make sure the Trump administration’s goal of reducing regulatory burdens remained a priority. ARTBA will continue to monitor the impact of the FAST Act’s streamlining provisions as they are used in the development of new transportation improvements.