On December 4, 2015, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act was signed into law. Title 41 of the FAST Act (FAST-41) (42 U.S.C. § 4370m) created a new governance structure, set of procedures, and funding authorities designed to improve the timeliness, predictability, and transparency of the Federal environmental review and authorization process for covered infrastructure projects.
FAST-41 Fact Sheet
On December 4, 2015, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) was signed into law. Title 41 of this Act (42 U.S.C. § 4370m et seq.), referred to as “FAST-41,” created a new governance structure, set of procedures, and funding authorities to improve the Federal environmental review and authorization process for covered infrastructure projects. View the FAST-41 Fact Sheet.
Environmental Review & Authorization Inventory
The Federal Environmental Review and Authorization Inventory is a comprehensive spreadsheet searchable database containing detailed information on various permitting, review, and approval processes conducted by Federal agencies that may be required for infrastructure projects, including NEPA and other interagency reviews. For each included permit or review, the inventory offers such information as its description, activities that trigger it, and links to applicable statutes and regulations. The inventory can also be sorted by infrastructure sector and/or responsible agency.
The GIS Data Inventory contains a list of Federal and state resources and geospatial data that can be used to inform the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review and other environmental review and authorization processes.
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The Regulatory and Permitting Information Desktop (RAPID) Toolkit offers one location for agencies, developers, and industry stakeholders to work together on State and Federal bulk transmission and renewable energy regulatory processes by using a wiki environment to share permitting guidance, regulations, contacts, and other relevant information.
The Broadband Inventory provides a central repository of documents and information relevant to the development and Federal permitting and review of broadband projects, including applications, forms, lease agreements, policies and procedures, and process documents. Although the majority of this documentation is also housed on agency-specific websites, this centralized document inventory will ease the burden on wireless providers, public safety, and other project sponsors or applicants who undergo Federal reviews prior to broadband deployment.
The Broadband Map displays all GSA-owned buildings and lands, with point of contact information, where a commercial antenna installation might be sited. It also contains several layers of data useful to broadband deployment, providing visibility into sensitive resources such as the location of National Parks, protected wilderness areas, and lands of tribal significance.
Information on Federal Railroad Administration Categorical Exclusions
The Department of Transportation is expanding functionality on the Permitting Dashboard by providing on Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) projects advanced through Categorical Exclusions (CEs). Providing this further transparency into the decision-making process will allow stakeholders to better understand which projects already qualify for CEs, and provide practitioners with analysis that can be used to inform future environmental review processes. This information also implements requirements in Section 11503 of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act. Information includes where available, Project Name, Location, Funding Program, CE applied, NEPA start date and completion date, and is accessible on the FRA Environmental Page at the following link: Environment | FRA (dot.gov).