Earlier this week, I was honored to be the first Federal Transit Administrator in history to meet with transit leaders from North and South Dakota in Rapid City, SD.
I had two goals for my visit. First, to convey my deep appreciation for everything transit leaders are doing to provide safe, reliable, affordable transportation options for the citizens who proudly make their home in hundreds of small cities, towns, and reservations from Williston, Bismarck, and Standing Rock in the north, to Mitchell, Pierre, and Pine Ridge in the south.
My second goal was to share with Dakota transit leaders the steps the Obama Administration is taking to help them do an even better job serving the rural communities in their jurisdictions.
Secretary LaHood and I have not forgotten that access to transportation is absolutely essential to the economic and social health of every community in North and South Dakota.
And we have not forgotten that the FTA has an obligation to work with rural transit agencies and to help provide the resources they need to overcome the challenges they face