US Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao Reiterates Trump Administration’s Focus on Rural Corridors

The country’s vast network of freight and commuter corridors across rural areas are receiving newfound attention under the Trump administration, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao insisted during a meeting with senators March 4.

“After a period of great neglect, we are finally beginning to address the needs of rural America,” Chao told the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee.

In written remarks to the subcommittee, the secretary explained the administration’s proposal to update programs in a 2015 highway law would address rural-centric concerns. Tucked in a fiscal 2021 budget request, the administration outlined a 10-year, $810 billion reauthorization of a 2015 highway law. The law, called the FAST Act, expires in September.