Minnesota Department of Transportation

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FAST Act

Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act

Key FAST Programs

The FAST Act is the first federal surface transportation act to include intercity passenger rail provisions. For the first time, intercity passenger rail programs have been included authorizing more than $10 billion for intercity passenger and freight rail grants.

Three new competitive Rail grant programs

1. Federal-State Partnership for State of Good Repair

Total Funds: $997 million over 5 years

To reduce the state of good repair backlog on publicly-owned or Amtrak-owned infrastructures, equipment, and facilities.

2. Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements

Total Funds: $1.103 billion over 5 years

To improve the safety, efficiency and reliability of passenger and freighth rail systems

3. Restoration and Enhancement Grants

Total Funds: $100 million over 5 years

To provide operating assistance to initiate, restore, or enhance intercity passenger rail.

A bar graph showing the portions of grant funding that the FAST Act authorizes for rail.

* courtesy of USDOT Federal Railroad Administration.

Comparison maps of the primary highway freight system. showing its expansion in Minnesota by approximately 14,000 miles in 2015.

Intercity passenger rail funding (in millions).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Funding

Intercity Passenger Rail Funding (in millions)

Program

2016

2017 2018 2019 2020
Amtrak – Northeast Corridor (Sec. 11101)

$450

$474 $515 $557 $600
Amtrak – National Network (Sec. 11101) $1,000 $1,026 $1,085 $1,143 $1,200
Consolidated Rail Infrastructure & Safety Improvements (Sec. 11102) $98 $190 $230 $255 $330
Federal State Partnership for State of Good Repair (Sec. 11103) $82 $140 $175 $300 $300
Restoration & Enhancement Grants (Sec. 11104) $20 $20 $20 $20 $20
Amtrak OIG (Sec. 11105) $20 $21 $21 $22 $22
Yearly Total

$1,670

$1,871 $2,046 $2,297 $2,472
Map showing Amtrak Empire Builder Service in Minnesota alongside map of expanded passenger rail 'vision' in Minnesota.
An Amtrak passenger rail train speeds by a community.