Rural Intelligent Transportation Systems
The Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), the authorizing legislation for the Nation's surface transportation program, included a provision under Section 5507 for a Rural Interstate Corridor Communications Study. Under this section, "The Secretary, in cooperation with the Secretary of Commerce, State departments of transportation, and other appropriate State, regional, and local officials, shall conduct a study on the feasibility of installing fiber optic cabling and wireless communication infrastructure along multi-state interstate system route corridors for improved communications services to rural communities along such corridors." The Department of Transportation was directed to identify the "impediments" to installing such an infrastructure and "to connecting such infrastructure to the rural communities along such corridors." The Department was also directed to identify the potential benefits of such an infrastructure for economic development, deployment of intelligent transportation systems technologies and applications, homeland security precaution and response, and education and health systems in rural communities.
The preliminary findings were submitted in a Report to Congress and subsequent to this report was a Report to States.
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