What happens to Safe Routes to School funds now that the MAP-21 transportation legislation has gone into effect?

As it stands, Safe Routes to School (SRTS) funds remaining from the SAFETEA-LU legislation are still available for allocation by state Departments of Transportation.  Therefore, we recommend that you get in touch with your State SRTS Coordinator. To get your State SRTS Coordinator's contact information, visit our Find State Contacts page and select your state on the interactive map or through the drop-down menu. 

Looking head, as of October 1, 2012, new transportation legislation, called Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP 21), went into effect. In short, under this legislation federal SRTS program funds have been combined with similar program funds like Transportation Enhancements and Recreational Trails into a broader program called Transportation Alternatives. For more information on this new program, take a moment to watch this video. Federal guidance for how to administer the new Transportation Alternatives program is forthcoming.

If you would like to remain updated on the progress of the Transportation Alternatives program and what it means for Safe Routes to School funding, we recommend periodically monitoring the Federal Highwway Administration's MAP-21 resource page. Also, consider signing up for our Safe Routes Matter e-newsletter; we will send out more information as it becomes available. 

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