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5 Fast Takes on the 5-Year, $305 Billion FAST Highway Bill

The funding structure is a trainwreck, for one thing.
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After a seemingly endless series of short-term patches, Congress seems poised to pass a major long-term highway bill for the first time in a decade. House and Senate leaders from both parties announced they’ve agreed to the broad terms of an act called Fixing America’s Surface Transportation—yes, they named the transportation bill FAST. The five-year, $305 billion plan is fully funded up front, granting officials the planning stability they’ve been pushing.

At 1,300 pages, the new bill comes admirably close to actually stretching across the entire Interstate Highway System. Before lawmakers and policy experts pick apart all its legislative corners in the coming days, let’s take a look at five FAST components that stand out at first glance.