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Published on Friday, May 20, 2016

Governor to convene group to determine distribution of federal transportation funds in late June

On December 4, 2015, President Obama signed the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, or the “FAST Act.” This means that federal funding for transportation projects and programs is secure for the next five years. It also means that the state has the opportunity to modify how funds in the various streams of money are distributed between the state and local governments. Washington should receive almost $3.6 billion in federal funds, starting with $687 million in 2016 and growing each year to $750 million by 2020. This is more funding than the state had previously anticipated.

Consistent with past federal funding legislation, the Governor’s office will convene a group of state and local representatives to make recommendations on how the funds should be distributed. AWC President Paul Roberts will represent cities in this process. The process will begin in late June and continue through July. The current split across all of the programs is 66 percent for the state and 34 percent for local government. For several reasons, it is time to revisit this split. Local governments will work within this process to urge a change.

This document provides more detailed information about the Fast Act in Washington and why it is time for the split between state and local government to change.

Categories: Transportation