LaMalfa Statement on New DOT Rural Infrastructure Program

Oct 9, 2019
Press Release
(Chico, CA) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Elaine Chao announced the Rural Opportunities to Use Transportation for Economic Success (ROUTES) initiative. This new initiative will help address infrastructure needs and improve economic competitiveness in rural America.
LaMalfa said: “While areas like Northern California have fewer people than more densely-populated parts of the country, a disproportionate amount of highway fatalities occur along our rural roads. That’s because these roads connect America’s vast network of economies and are heavily used for transportation of agriculture and manufactured products. Whether they are transporting this year’s harvest or taking a day trip to see the Lava Beds, all Americans count on safe and reliable roads and bridges. This new ROUTES initiative will help rural areas compete for more federal dollars, and I’m very pleased with Secretary Chao’s and this Administration’s continued commitment to rebuilding rural American infrastructure.”
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the ROUTES initiative will be comprised of three steps:
  • Collecting input from stakeholders on the benefits rural projects offer for safety and economic outcomes, as well as the type and degree of assistance rural projects require.
  • Providing user-friendly information to rural communities to enhance understanding about DOT’s infrastructure grant options.
  • Improving DOT’s data-driven approaches to better assess needs and benefits of rural transportation infrastructure projects.
Congressman LaMalfa serves on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Subcommittee on Highways and Transit.
Congressman Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing California’s First Congressional District, including Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama Counties.