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News by Topic: Transportation

Nov 29, 2022 - Examines goMARTI, Minnesota's Autonomous Rural Transit Initiative, a trial program providing transportation to people with limited mobility who live in remote, rural areas around Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Discusses advantages of deploying driverless vehicles in harsh conditions, as well as concerns about loss of employment for those who drive to make a living.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Nov 23, 2022 - Highlights the findings of a national report on the condition of rural roads that found that 31% are in poor condition and that a tenth of rural bridges lack structural integrity. Discusses increased demand on rural roads and traffic fatality data with charts of the 25 states with the highest share of paved roads in poor condition, traffic fatality rates, and structurally deficient bridges. Notes efforts to address transportation infrastructure issues at the state level.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Nov 1, 2022 - Describes state and federal investments in rural roads, noting the importance of rural highways for freight, farm, and recreation traffic. Discusses safety and economic issues related to rural roads and transportation infrastructure and the efforts of state officials to address those issues.
Source: Stateline, Pew Charitable Trusts
Oct 24, 2022 - Describes the role of volunteer drivers in rural access to healthcare for seniors and people who cannot drive, noting challenges maintaining volunteer transportation programs. Discusses policy issues related to reimbursement rates and concerns about declining availability of drivers, who are predominantly retired individuals.
Source: Kaiser Health News
Oct 19, 2022 - The Department of Transportation (DOT) is accepting applications for the Thriving Communities Program (TCP). The TCP will provide technical assistance, planning, and capacity-building support to advance transportation and community revitalization activities that benefit disadvantaged populations and communities. This Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) seeks to establish a national technical assistance program that will drive innovation, advance equity outcomes, and build a national pipeline of community-driven infrastructure projects. Applications are due by November 22, 2022.
Source: Federal Register