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Environmental Review Toolkit


Click here for FAST Act updates. 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 Department’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.

Accelerating Project Delivery


The FAST Act builds on the authorities and requirements in SAFETEA-LU, MAP-21 and efforts under FHWA’s Every Day Counts in an effort to accelerate the environmental review process for surface transportation projects by institutionalizing best practices and accelerating complex infrastructure projects without undermining critical environmental laws or opportunities for public engagement. See Accelerating Project Delivery FAST-41 Act Fact Sheet for additional information.

Statutory Citations

FAST Act §§ 1301-1318, 1415, 1432, 1439, 11502; 23 U.S.C. 138, 139, 168, 169, 330; 49 U.S.C. 304


Subject/Title Resource URL
Final Rule on Statewide and Nonmetropolitan Transportation Planning; Metropolitan Transportation Planning Final Rule, 81 FR 34049
Planning and Environmental Linkages for Statewide and Non-Metropolitan Planning Final Rule, 81 FR 34049
Planning and Environmental Linkages for Metropolitan Planning Final Rule, 81 FR 34049
Planning Assistance and Standards 23 CFR 450
Categorical Exclusion
Categorical Exclusion for Projects of Limited Federal Assistance and Programmatic Agreements Final Rule
Environmental Impacts and Related Procedures
Final Rule on Environmental Impacts and Related Procedures Final Rule, 83 FR 54480
Proposed Rulemakings
Program for Eliminating Duplication of Environmental Review established by Section 1309 of the FAST Act NPRM, 82 FR 45220


Subject/Title Resource URL
Planning and Environmental Linkages Q&A
Categorical Exclusion
Memorandum of Programmatic Agreements for Categorical Exclusions Memorandum
A Practitioner’s Guide to FHWA Programmatic Agreements for Categorical Exclusion Guide
2016 Model Programmatic Categorical Exclusion Agreement Model Agreement
Environmental Review
Questions and Answers on the Applicability of 23 U.S.C. § 139 to FHWA, FRA, and FTA Projects Q&A
Questions and Answers on the procedural changes to 23 U.S.C. § 139 as they relate to FHWA, FRA, & FTA projects Q&A
Memorandum on Changes to 23 U.S.C. §§ 326 and 327 through Implementation of Sections 1307 and 1308 of the FAST Act Memorandum
Historic Sites/Bridges
Questions and Answers Related to Parks, Recreation Areas, Wildlife and Waterfowl Refuges, and Historic Sites Q&A
Treatment of Certain Bridges Under Preservation Requirements Requirements
Questions and Answers Related to Emergency Exemptions for Reconstruction Projects Q&A
Interim Guidance for Implementing FAST Act Section 1439: Elimination of Barriers to Improve At-Risk Bridges Guidance
Wildlife and Habitat
Administrative Provisions to Encourage Pollinator Habitat and Forage on Transportation Rights-of-Way Provisions


Environmental Impact and Related Procedures and Section 4(f) (23 CFR 771/774) Final Rule, December 2018-January 2019

FAST Act - Key Provisions for Project Delivery, June 2016