Other Federal Agencies’ Roles in Rural Transportation
Along with USDOT, other federal agencies have made it their goal to contribute to the well-being and safety of rural communities through transportation planning and infrastructure.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC), and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), most prominently, offer unique discretionary grants that aim to support the rural landscape through the following:
- Investing in roadways
- Addressing vehicle fleet maintenance, upgrade, and turnover
- Supporting essential community facilities
- Providing financial resources and support for rural communities, including those impacted by the coronavirus pandemic
- Collaborating to identify resources, create jobs, and develop infrastructure
Rural Partners Network
In addition to these federal agencies, the Rural Partners Network (RPN) is an all-of-government program that helps rural communities find resources and funding to create jobs, build infrastructure, and support long-term economic stability on their own terms.
Thriving Communities Network
USDOT is also a leading partner of the newly formed interagency Thriving Communities Network, designed to coordinate technical assistance efforts across the whole of government, including a specific focus to support rural, Tribal, and other under-resourced communities.