Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao is calling for public comments on the Department of Transportation’s Rural Opportunities to Use Transportation for Economic Success program.
The initiative, known as the ROUTES, was created in October and is meant to help connectivity in rural communities. Chao announced the request for information Dec. 19 as a way to gather feedback on rural transportation needs and DOT’s grant programs.
Specifically, the agency’s request for information includes questions about the infrastructure issues that contribute to high fatality rates on rural roads, challenges related to infrastructure condition, such as age or equipment, and alternative methods to prioritize projects.
“We want to hear from rural communities how the Department of Transportation can better support their critical transportation infrastructure,” Chao said.