While the FAST Act does not expire until September 30, 2020, state DOTs’ funding and policy priorities need to be developed well in advance of the expiration date in order to most effectively influence how the next surface transportation legislation is shaped by Congress and the Trump Administration.

AASHTO’s FAST Act reauthorization effort will be led by the Transportation Policy Forum (TPF), which is charged with discussing and recommending policies related to legislation, regulation, and other policy matters to the AASHTO Board of Directors, including the Association’s recommended positions on reauthorization of key transportation legislation and on ongoing topical issues of interest to state DOTs.

Based on the new AASHTO committee structure, TPF will rely on Committee-level input for their issue expertise and the AASHTO Strategic Steering Committee (SMC)—a subset of the AASHTO Board—for top-down guidance. TPF will provide oversight of Committees and Modal Councils and serve as the central coordinating body for all involved entities.


AASHTO Roadmap Timeline

  • May 2018: Formally kick off the FAST Act reauthorization effort at the TPF meeting; 2018 AASHTO Spring Meeting, Franklin, TN
  • May 2018 to September 2018: Committees to develop and approve their five-page white paper.
  • September 2018: TPF, Modal Councils, and Special Committee on Freight to receive briefings on each white paper; 2018 AASHTO Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA
  • September 2018 to February 2019: Modal Councils and Special Committee on Freight to develop and approve their five-page white paper.
  • February 2019: TPF to receive briefings on each Modal and Special Committee white paper; 2019 AASHTO Washington Briefing, Washington, DC
  • February 2019 to May 2019: TPF to prioritize policy issue areas based on 16 white papers received.
  • May 2019: TPF to identify the priority policy issue areas for further discussion; 2019 AASHTO Spring Meeting, Park City, UT
  • August 8-9, 2019: TPF to hold an in-person special session to consider all priority issue areas, then draft policy resolutions for AASHTO Board; Minneapolis, MN
  • October 2019: AASHTO Board of Directors to consider and formally adopt the AASHTO reauthorization policy package; 2019 AASHTO Annual Meeting, St. Louis, MO
  • October to November 2019: AASHTO staff to develop visual complements of the reauthorization package intended to serve different audiences in the transportation stakeholder community
  • November 2019 to September 2020: AASHTO members and staff to communicate and explain AASHTO’s formal policy positions