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Importance of Rural Transportation

Importance of Rural Transportation

The U.S. Department of Transportation is committed to supporting the 86.3 million Americans living in rural areas.  The Department’s INFRA grant program will award at least 25% of funding to rural projects, and will consider rural projects to the greatest extent possible.  For rural communities in need of funding for highway and multimodal freight projects with national or regional economic significance, INFRA is an opportunity to apply directly for financial assistance from the federal government.  You can find out more at

In addition, the Department’s TIGER grant program will award $500 million on a competitive basis for projects that have significant impact on the nation, a metropolitan area or region, and special consideration will be given to projects that improve access to transportation in rural communities, and facilitate economic growth and competitiveness.  You can find more information at

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Importance of Rural Transportation


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