Bustos Urges Public Input on Rural Infrastructure

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) urged rural communities across Illinois to make their voices heard on rural transportation. The Congresswoman announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has opened a Request for Information (RFI) comment period on rural transportation needs and opportunities as part of the Rural Opportunities to Use Transportation for Economic Success (ROUTES) Initiative.

“An investment in our networks of roads, bridges, rail lines and airports is a down payment on our region’s long term economic well-being,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. “Our country – and our state – needs significant support for our infrastructure to build a strong foundation for a successful economy. I urge all rural Illinoisans to participate in this chance to have your voice heard on this important initiative.”

In response to the ROUTES RFI, Congresswoman Bustos submitted a package to DOT detailing programs and investments critical to rebuilding rural transportation infrastructure and urged DOT to direct federal investment to areas with demonstrated need, strengthen programs that target support to rural areas and expand policies that support America’s manufacturers and workers.

The RFI comment period is open through January 27th.

The new ROUTES Initiative addresses these national transportation challenges by assisting rural stakeholders to better understand how to access DOT grants and financing products and developing data-driven approaches to assess needs and benefits of rural transportation projects.

The RFI seeks input on concerns with rural infrastructure safety, condition, and usage, as well as stakeholders’ experiences using DOT discretionary grant and finance programs. To learn more about the ROUTES Initiative, visit www.transportation.gov/rural.