Source: American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials

Rising congestion in popular tourist destinations, inadequate roads to serve growing agricultural and energy output, and emerging cities that are not connected to the Interstate system all require immediate attention and investment to ensure that America's rural areas stay connected. Yet too often policy discussions overlook the need to improve connectivity mobility outside metropolitan areas.

According to Connecting Rural and Urban America, a new report released last week, more investment is needed in America's rural transportation system to keep agriculture, new energy products and freight moving; improve access for the travel, recreation and tourism industries; connect new and emerging cities; and to ensure reliable access to key defense installations. 

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