The FAST Act

Advancing Trails with the New Federal Transportation Bill

This webinar looks at the FAST Act legislation passed by the U.S. Congress in December 2015 (Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act or "FAST Act"). The presenters will explain what the legislation means for trail funding of future projects.

Presented by:

Event Details

** This event has passed **

April 21, 2016

10:30 AM to 12:00 AM (Pacific Time) {more time zones}

11:30 AM to 01:00 AM (Mountain Time)
12:30 PM to 02:00 AM (Central Time)
01:30 PM to 03:00 AM (Eastern Time)


FREE for members
FREE for nonmembers


Closed Captioning is available for this webinar.
Learning Credits are NOT available for this webinar.

Download a Recording

This webinar is free. Would you consider a donation to support this webinar?


Webinar Outline

photo credit: Leo Boudreau


This webinar looks at the FAST Act legislation passed by the U.S. Congress in December 2015 (Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act or "FAST Act"). The presenters will explain what the legislation means for trail funding of future projects. The presenters will go over changes to the Transportation Alternatives Program that funds walking and bicycling projects, and review the Recreational Trails Program, which remains the same since the last legislation. The webinar will also touch on new provisions to a low-interest loan program (TIFIA), which could help communities—in urban, suburban, or rural areas—more quickly build a complete trail or active transportation network. Join us to hear from experts on what the new legislation says and how the changes can benefit current and future trail work.

Key Learning Points – The FAST Act: Advancing Trails with the New Federal Transportation Act

Participants will be able to...

  • Describe the changes to the Transportation Alternatives Program between MAP-21 and the FAST Act.
  • Understand how the Recreational Trails Program works with respect to: funding allocations for different trail types, requirements to receive funding (i.e. advisory group must meet once a year), and the governor opt-out provision.
  • Explain what the TIFIA program is, generally, and know that bike/ped work is eligible for TIFIA.
  • Identify the five major changes to the TIFIA provisions in the FAST Act.
  • Understand that collectively, these provisions could make it easier to finance (take out a low-interest loan) to complete a bike/ped/trail network.


Webinar Partners


Marianne Fowler, Rails to Trails Conservancy
Washington, DC

Marianne Wesley Fowler is the Sr. Strategist for Policy Advocacy for Rails to Trails Conservancy (RTC). Based in Washington, D.C., she has led RTC through five reauthorizations of the federal transportation bill. Ms. Fowler has nurtured the growth of the trails movement, for both recreational and transportation purposes, for over 25 years. She led the RTC team tasked with providing coordination and communication services to the Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program.

Marianne has presented at numerous conferences over the years, including the 2015 International Trails Symposium, speaking then about the role of Federal agencies and Congress in trail funding. She co-authored Trails and Trailways for the 21st Century and collaborated with faculty at the Harvard School of Public Health in researching and writing Factors Associated with Federal Transportation Funding for Local Pedestrian and Bicycle Programming and Facilities.

Ms. Fowler is also the 2nd Vice-Chair of the American Trails Board, co-chairs the Coalition for Recreational Trails, and is immediate past Vice President of America Bikes. Before joining RTC in 1988, she served as the Political Director for the National Women’s Political Caucus. She is a native daughter of Tennessee.


Kevin Mills, Senior Vice President, Rails to Trails Conservancy

Kevin Mills is the Senior Vice President of Policy at Rails to Trails Conservancy. Mills' team works to make trail systems accessible to all Americans—and to make bicycling and walking a safe and convenient choice for routine travel—by advocating for public funding, building a broad-based movement for active transportation, and conducting cutting edge research. Kevin has presented at numerous conferences and webinars over the years, determines the research agenda for Rails to Trails Conservancy, and is the co-author of the groundbreaking report, Active Transportation for America, making the case for increased Federal investment in bicycling and walking. Kevin also serves as co-chair of the Everybody Walk Collaborative, and founder of the Partnership for Active Transportation. Before joining RTC in spring 2006, Kevin spent over 15 years leading urban sustainability initiatives at Environmental Defense Fund.


Leeann Sinpatanasakul, Advocacy Coordinator, Rails to Trails Conservancy

Leeann Sinpatanasakul is the Advocacy Coordinator at Rails to Trails Conservancy. Her work supports the policy team by engaging and educating grassroots supporters on important trail policy issues at the national and State levels. Prior to joining RTC, she completed a year of service with AmeriCorps, assessing river health and conducting environmental education at schools, colleges, and in her local north New Jersey communities. Ms. Sinpatanasakul received her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from Rider University and her Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University.


Closed Captioning

We are offering closed captioning for our webinars, thanks to a partnership with VZP Digital. If you are in need of this service, please email us prior to the webinar. An unedited transcript will be sent to all attendees following the webinar.


While we may individually agree (or disagree) in whole or in part with any or all of the participants, the views expressed in these webinars are not necessarily representative of the views of American Trails as an organization or its board and staff. Unless specific situations are noted by presenters, nothing in American Trails webinars should be considered to be interpreted as a standard.

Terms and Privacy Policy

By registering for our webinars, you submit your information to the webinar organizer and associated presenters and sponsors, who may use it to communicate with you regarding this event and their other services. Your organization may also be added to the American Trails Business Directory. You can easily cancel your registration at any time.

2,163 views • posted 02/06/2018