Feds announce FASTLANE freight funding program

A new competitive grant program created in the FAST Act will support road, rail and multimodal freight projects.

[caption id="attachment_8832" align="alignleft" width="300"]The FASTLANE program is the first-ever multimodal freight grant program focused on freight mobility. The FASTLANE program is the first-ever multimodal freight grant program focused on freight mobility.[/caption]

A total of $800 million in funding is available in fiscal year 2016.  The application deadline is April 14.

FASTLANE grants will provide funding for projects of national or regional significance including railway, seaport, and highway projects, such as highway-rail separations, to increase safety and reduce congestion.

Twenty-five percent of the $800 million will be reserved for rural projects, and 10 percent for smaller projects.

Freight mobility has been a top priority for Senator Maria Cantwell, who led efforts to develop the FASTLANE program.

“As the most trade dependent state in the nation, Washington relies on a network of ports, railways and roads to sell products around the globe...  For the first time, critical multimodal freight projects in Washington and across the U.S. are eligible for funding through this new grant program," Cantwell said.

More information about FASTLANE is available on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s website:

How to apply 

Frequently Asked Questions

Notice of Funding Opportunity

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