Safe Routes To School
The Safe Routes to Schools Program is a Federal-Aid program of the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The Program was created by Section 1404 of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users Act (SAFETEA-LU). The SRTS Program is funded at $612 million over five Federal fiscal years (FY 2005-2009) and is to be administered by State Departments of Transportation (DOTs).
The Program provides funds to the States to substantially improve the ability of primary and middle school students to walk and bicycle to school safely. The purposes of the program are:
Each State administers its own program and develops its own procedures to solicit and select projects for funding. The program establishes two distinct types of funding opportunities: infrastructure projects (engineering improvements) and non-infrastructure related activities (such as education, enforcement and encouragement programs). More detail on eligible projects, as well as program set-up is provided in the SRTS Program Guidance document.
The legislation also specifically establishes several entities that are responsible for coordination and information distribution:
Each State administers its own program. Contact your Safe Routes to School State Coordinator for guidance on policies and project eligibility requirements in your State.
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Origins of the Program
The SRTS Program was established in August 2005 as part of SAFETEA-LU. Section 1404 of this legislation provides funding (for the first time) for State Departments of Transportation to create and administer SRTS programs. The administration of section 1404 has been assigned to FHWA's Office of Safety, which works in collaboration with FHWA's Offices of Planning and Environment (Bicycle and Pedestrian Program) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to guide the program.