With the upcoming authorization of the nation's federal transportation bill, there is an urgent need to meet the transportation needs of Americans in small cities and rural regions through new national transportation policy. As the cost of reaching a doctor's appointment or access to a job increases throughout our rural communities, new solutions for our citizens living in small towns and rural areas are imperative for future economic vibrancy.
Transportation for America, The Center for Rural Strategies, The American Bus Association, and The Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living extend an offer to you to discuss the challenges and needs of providing efficient and economic transportation options to our small town and rural residents. New policy recommendations to best support rural transportation in the upcoming transportation authorization will be presented.
Topics of discussion include:
- Enhancing the voice of rural communities in transportation planning,
- Providing flexibility and tools to promote rural economic development, and
- Leveraging private investment, improving the efficiency of transit service and providing more transportation options like walking and biking paths, inter-city bus and passenger rail.
Welcome and Moderator:
JOHN ROBERT SMITH
President & CEO, Reconnecting America
Former Mayor of Meridian, Mississippi
Redwood Coast Rural Action,
National Center for Frontier Communities,
The Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL), Arkansas
Food and drink (including water bottles or coffee cups) are not permitted in the Capitol Visitors Center.
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