USA Banner

Official US Government Icon

Official websites use .gov
A .gov website belongs to an official government organization in the United States.

Secure Site Icon

Secure .gov websites use HTTPS
A lock ( ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .gov website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

Site Notification

U.S. Department of Transportation U.S. Department of Transportation Icon United States Department of Transportation United States Department of Transportation

Improving Rail in Rural Communities

FRA is committed to improving rail safety and service in communities across the country. There are several programs that target rural communities for rail infrastructure investment and improvement. FRA's efforts in rural communities complement the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Rural Opportunities to Use Transportation for Economic Success (ROUTES) program. ROUTES was initiated by DOT to improve rural transportation infrastructure, across all modes, and meet our nation’s priority transportation goals of safety and economic competitiveness.

ROUTES infographic
FRA defines a rural area as a community outside an urbanized area (as defined by the Census Bureau) with a population under 50,000. 
* American Association of Railroads, "Railroad 101" fact sheet (February 2022). AAR-Railroad-101-Freight-Railroads-Fact-Sheet.pdf  
** FRA safety data.


ROUTES subscription graphic

Last updated: Friday, April 22, 2022