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Call for Projects - Safe Routes to School Funding

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CLOSED  - May 5, 2014

The purpose of the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program is to increase the number of children walking and biking to school safely. All projects must be within two-miles of primary, middle or high school (K-12).

Overview Webinar Slides

Here are the presentation slides from the Pedestrian and Bicycle Program and Safe Routes to School Program Overview Webinar that was  conducted on March 3, 2014. 

Eligible applicants

All public agencies in Washington are eligible to apply.

Funding

Currently $8 million is anticipated for both the Pedestrian and Bicycle Program and the Safe Routes to School Program.

The SRTS program is a reimbursement program for cost incurred. It is not a “cash-up front” program. Costs incurred prior to WSDOT project approval are not eligible for reimbursement.

Match Requirement

No match is required but preference shall be given to projects that provide match.

Program Requirements

Agencies that are awarded funding must be prepared to comply with the following requirements as part of their project.

  1. Program recipients are required to report quarterly on the status of the project.
  2. Program recipients shall comply with the state cultural resource requirements outlined in Executive Order 05-05.
  3. Projects must be Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant and provide connectivity.
  4. Proposed projects must be in the local Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) or in progress for being added to the TIP.

Project Applications

  1. Project applications shall be submitted online (online application form ) OR by e-mail to hlpgrants@wsdot.wa.gov as a Microsoft Word document or Adobe Acrobat pdf file (download: Safe Routes to School Application Form ).
  2. Electronic copies of the following are to be included in the submittal:

Please do not include pictures, letters of support or other unsolicited supporting detail.

Submittal Process

Applications must be received by midnight May 5, 2014.
Applications must be submitted either by:

  • Online Application Form (required attachments must be e-mailed) 
    OR
  • E-mail completed application as a PDF or Word Doc attached (paper submittals will not be accepted)
    Send to hlpgrants@wsdot.wa.gov

Program Contacts 

Charlotte Claybrooke at 360-705-7302 or claybrc@wsdot.wa.gov
OR
Region Local Program Engineers 


Selection Process

All proposals will be reviewed to ensure that they are complete and eligible for funding. A grant review committee will evaluate the proposals and make recommendations. A site visit will be conducted by WSDOT in coordination with the lead agency prior prior to finalizing the list of priorities to ensure that the project is adequately defined and estimated. By December 15, 2014 a prioritized list of projects will be submitted to the Governor’s office and the state legislature who will make final decisions on projects and grant awards. Award announcements are expected by June 2015.

Review Criteria

Project Meets Program Goals:

    • Safety - The project reduces potential pedestrian and bicycle conflicts with motor vehicle traffic; targeting improvements to address known collision locations.
    • Access and Mobility – The extent to which the project will establish safer and fully accessible crossings, walkways, trails or bikeways and increase the numbers of children walking and biking to school.

Value - The cost of the project compared to the potential impact.

Applicant Commitment - % of Match

Project Delivery - Expeditious completion of project within biennium including timeliness of preliminary engineering, right of way and project construction.

Other considerations:

    • Successful track record (completed project with no scope or schedule change).
    • Equity (project targets school that serves low income population.

Examples of Eligible Project Tasks 

Improvements that reduce potential pedestrian and bicycle conflicts with motor vehicle traffic; reduce traffic volume around schools; and/or establish safer and fully accessible crossings, walkways, trails or bikeways. Projects may include items such as:

  • Sidewalk improvements: new sidewalks, planter strips between the sidewalk and road, sidewalk widening, sidewalk gap closures, sidewalk repairs, curbs, gutters and curb ramps.
  • Traffic calming and speed reduction improvements: bulb-outs, speed humps, raised crossings, raised intersections, median refuges, narrowed traffic lanes, lane reductions, roundabouts, full- or half-street closures, and variable speed limits.
  • Pedestrian and bicycle crossing improvements: crossings, median refuges, raised crossings, traffic control devices (including new or upgraded traffic signals, pavement markings, flashing beacons, bicycle-sensitive signal actuation devices, pedestrian countdown signals and pedestrian activated signal upgrades), pedestrian and bicycle lighting and sight distance improvements.
  • On-street bicycle facilities: new or upgraded bicycle lanes, cycle tracks, bicycle boulevards, traffic signs and pavement markings.
  • Off-street bicycle and pedestrian facilities: exclusive multi-use bicycle and pedestrian trails and pathways that are separated from the roadway.
  • Secure bicycle parking facilities: bicycle parking racks, bicycle lockers, designated areas with safety lighting and covered bicycle shelters.
  • Establish an adult and/or student crossing guard program.
  • Vehicle speed feedback signs.
  • Photo enforcement .

This program is not intended to increase motor vehicle capacity or fund pavement resurfacing and pavement preservation elements. However, projects that leverage paving investments will be considered higher priority. 

Inappropriate Uses of SRTS Funding

  • Re-occurring costs such as crossing guard salaries;
  • Improvements for the convenience of drivers rather than to improve child pedestrian and bicycle safety or access;
  • Improvements to bus stops;
  • Portable enforcement equipment;
  • Infrastructure improvements that are not consistent with the AASHTO “Guide for the Planning Design, and Operation of Pedestrian Facilities”, AASHTO “Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities”, “NACTO Bicycle Guide” or “NACTO Urban Street Guide”.
  • Education programs focused on bus safety.
  • Gifts.

Pedestrian and Bicycle Collision Statistics

The pedestrian and bicycle collision data is provided to help you complete the application form, it includes location information about pedestrian and bicycle crashes on city streets, country roads and state highways in Washington for the last three years. County data represents collisions in the county that occurred on county roads, miscellaneous trafficways or state routes outside of city limits. The city data represents collisions that occurred on city streets, miscellaneous trafficways or state routes within the cities limits.