The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) serves 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 helps 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 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.
Planning, Environment, and Realty Research
The Office of Planning, Environment, and Realty (HEP) is committed to conducting and supporting research that strengthens transportation decision-making and promotes efficiency while protecting and enhancing our communities and environment.