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Rural Opportunities to Use Transportation for Economic Success (ROUTES)

Rural Opportunities to Use Transportation for Economic Success (ROUTES)

Find out how OST-R and ROUTES address disparities in rural transportation infrastructure

USDOT’s Rural Opportunities to Use Transportation for Economic Success (ROUTES) initiative is designed to address disparities in rural transportation infrastructure. The primary purpose of ROUTES is to address the unique challenges to meet our nation’s safety and economic competitiveness goals by helping establish strong rural transportation networks.  

Rural roads account for a significant proportion of total lane miles in the United States. The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology (OST-R) understands the transportation challenges rural areas face for ensuring safe and reliable transportation, moving people and goods to their destinations.  

OST-R Rural Research and Technology Programs and Partners

DOT Grants for Rural Transportation

Federal Aviation Administration  
Federal Highway Administration
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
Federal Railroad Administration 
Federal Transit Administration 
Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway 
Maritime Administration
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration   

Consistent with the Department's ROUTES initiative, the Department encourages applicants to propose enforcement activities in their application which address the unique challenges facing rural transportation networks. Visit for more information.

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