Groups call for transportation alternatives

The National Rural Assembly's Rural Transportation Policy Group has called for more transportation alternatives for small towns and rural communities.

The group said the nation's transportation plan for rural areas needs to do more than "merely digging ditches and laying pavement." These comments came in response to a report from the American Association of State Highway Officials, which focused on building highways as the primary way to address rural transportation needs.

The Rural Transportation Policy Group's complete statement is available online.

Members of the Rural Transportation Policy Group are Redwood Coast Rural Action, YouthBuild USA, Goodnews Mountaineer Garage, Sustainable Northwest, and Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL). More information on the policy group is available on their webpage.

The Rural Transportation Policy Group will be part of a webinar on rural transportation policy Sept. 15.

Rural Transportation Working Group statement, Sept. 9, 2010