Safe Routes to School (SRTS)
programs encourage children in grades K-8 to walk and bike to school by creating safer walking and biking routes. These programs
were initially funded through the revised federal transportation act,
SAFETEA-LU, which was signed into law on August 10, 2005. This legislation provided funding to state departments of transportation to create and administer SRTS
programs. SRTS programs improve walking and biking travel options, promote healthier lifestyles in children at an early age, and decrease auto-related emissions near schools.
On December 3, 2012, Governor Walker announced approval of
approximately $3,388,573 in SRTS
awards, which will assist 17 Wisconsin communities with Safe
Routes to School projects in 2013. Of the 17 projects, five are for
planning purposes, while 12 are for infrastructure and
non-infrastructure improvements to support existing Safe Routes to
SAFETEA-LU was recently revised by
for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), the federal
transportation act that was signed into law on July 6, 2012. MAP-21
provisions took effect on October 1, 2012. SRTS programs remain
eligible for federal funding pursuant to MAP-21. MAP-21 integrates
SRTS-type projects into the Transportation
Alternatives Program (TAP);
a more comprehensive funding category. Separate funding and
administration of SRTS programs is not a component of MAP-21
Please see Section B of
Federal Highway Administration
guidance for a list of categories that are eligible for
WisDOT tentatively plans to begin the next TAP awards cycle by
Training for SRTS infrastructure projects
Beginning with the projects awarded in 2010, local sponsors
constructing projects requiring a Local Let Contract (LLC) must attend a one-day training
session. The training session instructs sponsors on the local letting
process and results in certification to administer and deliver these
projects. The updated Sponsor's Guide (September 2012) and the
Certification form are available below. The fourth document provides
clarification on frequently asked questions regarding the
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