AASHTO report calls for increasing transportation system capacity
Several states participated in the national release today (Monday, Aug. 30) of "Connecting Rural and Urban America," the third in a series of reports by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) that identify the need to increase capacity in the transportation system.
“Inadequate roads to serve growing agricultural and energy output, rising congestion in popular tourist destinations and emerging cities that are not connected to the Interstate system all require immediate attention and investment to ensure that our rural areas stay connected and serve the 60 million Americans who live there.
“Yet, too often, policy discussions overlook the need to improve connectivity mobility outside metropolitan areas.”
Accompanying the report is a website that contains many examples of urgent capacity needs provided to AASHTO by 34 states. The national news conference to release the report was held in conjunction with the SASHTO annual meeting in Little Rock, Ark.
A second regional news conference is planned in Kansas. Wyoming will sponsor an executive briefing for the media on the report. We greatly appreciate the participation of these states in assisting us to spread this important message.