The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) serve the United States by ensuring a fast, safe, efficient, accessible and convenient transportation system that meets our vital national interests and enhances the quality of life of the American people, today and into the future. Through it’s different operating administrations and bureaus, the DOT provides financial assistance that help rural communities enhance access to affordable housing, improve safety on rural roads, increase the efficiency of freight movement, strengthen economic competitiveness, and protect the environment.
Transportation, Community, and System Preservation Program
Provide discretionary funding to states, metropolitan planning organizations, local governments, and tribal governments to plan and implement strategies that improve the efficiency of the transportation system, reduce its environmental impact, ensure efficient access to jobs and services, and promote development
patterns that advance these goals.
Transportation Alternatives (TA)
Funds from the federal government to expand travel choice, strengthen the local economy, improve the quality of life, and protect the environment. Eligible activities include most activities historically funded as “Transportation Enhancements,” the Recreational Trails Program, and the Safe Routes to School program.
Recreational Trails Program
Funds to states to develop and maintain recreational trails and facilities for non-motorized and motorized recreational uses such as hiking, bicycling, in-line skating, equestrian use, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, off-road motorcycling, and all-terrain vehicle riding.
National Scenic Byways Program
Provide funds to projects along All-American Roads, National Scenic Byways, State scenic byways, and tribal scenic byways and for the planning and development of state or tribal scenic byways programs. Eligible projects include safety improvements to scenic byways; construction of facilities for pedestrians and bicyclists, rest area turnouts, overlooks, and interpretive facilities; highway improvements that improve access to recreation; and scenic byways marketing plans and programs.