The Safe Routes to School Program (SRTS) is a federally funded program that was initiated by the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act - A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU). The legislative details of the program are contained in Section 1404 of the Act.
The federal-aid SRTS program provides federal-aid highway funds to State Departments of Transportation. The main objectives of the program are:
- to enable and encourage children in grades K-8, including those with disabilities, to walk and bicycle to school;
- to make bicycling and walking to school a safer and more appealing transportation alternative, thereby encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle from an early age; and,
- to facilitate the planning, development and implementation of projects and activities that will improve safety and reduce traffic, fuel consumption and air pollution in the vicinity of schools.
County and municipal governments, school districts, schools, and nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply to the program.
The SRTS Program provides funding for infrastructure and non-infrastructure projects, as described below.
Infrastructure projects include the planning, design, and construction or installation of sidewalks, crosswalks, signals, traffic-calming, and bicycle facilities.
For Fiscal Year (FY) 2012, NJDOT will solicit SRTS grant applications for infrastructure projects only. The FY 2012 SRTS Handbook (doc 1.1m) explains the infrastructure program’s eligibility requirements, guides the applicant through the application, and describes the process by which projects are selected.
All applicants will be required to submit their applications online using SAGE (System for Administering Grants Electronically). Training and instructions on how to apply are available.
Non-infrastructure projects include activities such as public awareness campaigns, walk and bike to school events and training, traffic education and enforcement, and student lessons on bicycle and pedestrian safety, health, and the environment. Federal regulations require that States devote at least 10% of SRTS funding to the non-infrastructure component of the program.
The New Jersey Department of Transportation has partnered with the New Jersey Transportation Management Associations (TMAs) to administer a new statewide education and encouragement program using Safe Routes to School Federal SAFETEA-LU funds. The goal of the program is to educate and encourage more children to walk and bicycle to school. For more information about the program, please contact the TMA in your area:
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