The America Fast Forward initiative is a four part initiative launched by Metro and advanced nationwide:
- Strengthening the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) program – this was achieved in the America Fast Forward title of MAP-21;
- Creating a sixth class of qualified tax credit bonds for transportation projects – America Fast Forward Transportation Bonds – in the works;
- Reforming federal rules to permit local hiring for transportation projects using federal funds – achieved on March 3, 2015 with USDOT announcement of a one year local hire pilot program; and
- Bolstering funding for the federal New Starts program for new transit capital projects – in the works
In September of 2011 Metro’s Board of Directors adopted a Board Report that added reforming federal local hire rules to our agency’s successful America Fast Forward initiative. Working in close cooperation with Metro, Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-CA) introduced H.R. 3620 (The Local Hire Act) Local Hire Act in 2013 to permit establishing local hiring programs on projects using federal funding. This legislation was ultimately adopted into the Consolidated Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2015 (Public Law No: 113-235) and led the Federal Transit Administration to release its Federal Fiscal Year 2015 apportionments in the Federal Register outlining how it intends to allow geographic hiring preferences in construction contracts that are advertised or awarded in Federal Fiscal Year 2015. Most recently, the U.S. Department of Transportation, in a vote of support for Metro’s local hire efforts, announced on March 3, 2015 the launching of a one year local hire pilot program for both transit and highway projects. Please find here a fact sheet on Metro’s America Fast Forward Local Hire initiative.