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Safe Routes to School - FAQ
When will there be another call for projects?
We anticipate another program call within the next two years, but it is contingent upon the reauthorization of the new Federal Transportation Bill.
What types of projects are eligible?
Projects eligible to receive funding under the SRTS program include those involving both infrastructure and non-infrastructure related activities. An infrastructure project is a construction project designed to improve the bicycle and pedestrian safety of students in grades K-8. Infrastructure projects must be located within the public right of way (or private land with legal public easement) and within a two-mile radius of an eligible school. Eligible infrastructure projects include (but are not limited to): sidewalk improvements; pedestrian and bicycle crossing improvements; on-street bicycle facilities; off-street bicycle and pedestrian facilities; traffic diversion improvements and traffic diversion away from school zones or designated routes to a school; traffic calming and speed reduction improvements on local roads; secure bicycle parking facilities; and other projects that promote pedestrian and bicycle safety of children within a two-mile radius of an eligible school. Non-infrastructure-related activities encourage walking and bicycling to school and may include: public awareness campaigns and outreach to press and community leaders; traffic education and enforcement; student education on bicycle and pedestrian safety, health, and environment; and other projects that promote pedestrian and bicycle safety of children in and around schools. For further guidance on non-infrastructure activities see the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Safe Routes to Schools: Practice and Promise, andSafe Routes to School ToolkitAdditional ideas are available at the National Center for Safe Routes to School Clearinghouse.
Can educational materials and programs be paid for through this program?
Yes
Who pays the local match for projects on local roads around schools?
No local match is required. The SRTS program is a 100-percent federally funded cost-reimbursement program, which means recipients of the funds will front the cost of the project and will be reimbursed during the course of the project. On infrastructure projects, cost overruns may be the responsibility of the local government. Costs incurred prior to federal authorization are not eligible for reimbursement.
Is there a limit on how much funding I can request for each project?
There is a maximum federal reimbursement amount for the construction costs of any single infrastructure project of $500,000. Additional authorized project costs are eligible for federal reimbursement, but must be included in the application budget. The maximum federal reimbursement for a Non-Infrastructure Plan Implementation Project is $100,000. The maximum federal reimbursement for a Non-Infrastructure Plan Statewide Services Project is $500,000.
Can existing roadways by my school be resurfaced?
No. Existing roadways may be widened to incorporate bike lanes or to accommodate pedestrians more easily, but SRTS funds may not be used to maintain existing roadways.
Can a new roadway to my school be built?
No. New sidewalks or new bike lanes may be built, but new roadways may not be built with SRTS funds.
If my project is selected for funding, how long will I have to complete the project?
Infrastructure projects will have a 2-year period from the date of project award to be let to contract. Non-infrastructure projects time lines will be established based on the type of work to be performed.
When is the construction of a turn lane eligible for the SRTS program?
Construction of a turn lane may be eligible for SRTS funding if it provides a clear, direct, demonstrable benefit to the safety of bicyclists and/or pedestrians. Some examples may include: Construction of a designated bicycle left turn lane.Construction of a left turn lane on a two-lane facility with existing bicycle lanes to keep vehicular traffic from entering the bicycle lane to avoid traffic stopped for a left turn.Construction of a right turn lane on a two-lane facility with existing bicycle lanes to keep vehicular traffic from entering the bicycle lane to complete their right turn.
Can the SRTS program pay for the installation of new sidewalks, crosswalks or traffic control at the site of a future school or a school under construction?
No. Eligible SRTS infrastructure project sites must be within two miles of an existing eligible school. Eligible schools are public or private schools that contain any of the grades from K-8.
Does an infrastructure project require submission in the metropolitan planning organization's (MPO) or regional planning affiliation's Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) prior to applying for SRTS funding?
No, however applicants should work with their MPO or regional planning affiliation prior to submitting an infrastructure project application to ensure local support and consistency with regulations. If the project is selected for funding and is located within an MPO or regional planning group, it will need to be programmed in their TIP and STIP.