Rural Surface Transportation Grant Program
Federal Highway Administration (FHA)
To improve and expand the surface transportation infrastructure in rural areas, increasing connectivity, improving safety and reliability of the movement of people and freight, generating regional economic growth, and improving the quality of life.
Applicant and/or Project Eligibility Requirements
This program funds a variety of highway, bridge, and tunnel projects; integrated mobility management systems; transportation demand management systems; and on-demand mobility services.
Surface transportation projects can help traffic move more efficiently, reduce traffic congestion, and reduce carbon emissions. Applicants should consider how surface highway projects, specifically, can reduce the number of vehicle miles traveled (VMT) and encourage public transit.
Rural communities often lack access to centers of opportunity. This program will provide better connections for rural residents, as well as access to jobs. Applications should address economic development and job creation challenges, contribute to geographic diversity among grant recipients, and improve access to emergency care, essential services, healthcare providers, or drug and alcohol treatment and rehabilitation resources. Planning should occur with rural communities at the table.
In 2023, the Rural Surface Transportation grant program funding was made available under the combined Multimodal Project Discretionary Grant program. Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) that allowed applicants to use one application to apply for up to three separate discretionary grant opportunities.
Applications are additionally asked to address the state of good repair of existing highway, bridge, and tunnel facilities; the capacity or connectivity of the surface transportation system and mobility for residents of rural areas; recreational and tourism opportunities; innovative project delivery approaches or incorporate transportation technologies; and coordinated efforts to address broadband infrastructure needs.