Information on the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) website applies only to projects awarded during or before calendar year 2013. See the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) webpage for current information.
Safe Routes to School 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.
SAFETEA-LU was revised by Moving Ahead 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 legislation.
Please see Section E of Federal Highway Administration guidance for a list of categories that are eligible for TAP funding. Please see the TAP webpage for information regarding training for SRTS infrastructure projects.