A report by the Government Accountability Office found that rural counties in the U.S. are more dependent on federal transportation funding than urban ones.
“It is estimated that, in rural areas, a federal transportation subsidy is equivalent to $2,500 per person per year,” GAO wrote.
The agency’s report found that in rural counties, the cost of roads, bridges, transit, and water infrastructure is significantly higher than in urban areas.
The GAO report found the average price of a gallon of gas in rural America was $2.83, while in urban communities it was $4.06.
The study found that the rural cost of public transit is twice the national average.
A 2015 GAO study found the rural areas with the most serious transportation issues, like traffic, air quality, and air quality violations, were the ones with the least funding.
“Despite this, many rural areas do not receive the funds needed to address these issues,” GAOs report concluded.
“The failure to provide adequate funding for these critical infrastructure investments is costing rural communities billions of dollars each year.”