The National Safe Routes to School program continued its steady expansion and growth again during the fourth quarter of 2007 (October to December), with total committed spending jumping from $156 million at the end of September to approximately $183.7 million at the end of December. This $27.7 million increase is an expansion of 17.8 percent.
In addition, the number of schools reached by SRTS programs jumped from 1419 to 1833, an increase of 29 percent. State Safe Routes to School Programs have now committed to spend more than 30 percent of the total $612 million federally-provided for Safe Routes to School activities. Forty-three (84%) states have now announced spending of SRTS funds, up from 39 at the end of September 2007. The National Center for Safe Routes to School continues to see the rapid growth in announced spending and the steady increase in state-level SRTS activity as a sign of the strength and promise for the National Safe Routes to School program. The $183.7 million is more than a tenfold increase from $17.6 million after December 2006.
More than ninety percent of all states (47 states, 92%) are actively involved in their funding process. With the national program becoming more established, there are also fewer states remaining to announce initial spending figures. NCSRTS therefore continues to anticipate steady increases in announced spending, but with few large single-quarter increases. Twenty-two states (43%) have now opened, closed, or announced funding for a second application cycle, and two of those have already started their 3rd cycle. With only eight states remaining to announce initial spending, the growth in announced spending will increasingly come from second, third, or fourth funding cycles.
Key Points (Winter 2007) - SRTS Spending: