|$50M Potentially Available for California Safe Routes to School Programs|
|Written by Ryan Gray|
|Tuesday, 19 October 2010 00:00|
The Safe Routes to School National Partnership announced that Caltrans will make available $50 million in Federal Highway Administration funds that can be used for improving bike and pedestrian projects to benefit school district transportation operations.
The federal Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) funds are eligible for work on any publicly owned roadway or bicycle and pedestrian pathway or trail that corrects or improves the safety, according to Jessica Meaney, the California policy manager for the Safe Routes to School National Partnership.
A representative from Caltrans did not immediately return a message left by School Transportation News, but Deb Hubsmith, executive director of the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, said she believed that the HISP funds could benefit children traveling on school buses from the perspective of improving community walk routes that students utilize to get to and from school bus stops and improving roadways that school buses navigate.
Hubsmith also pointed out that every state receives federal HSIP funding, and each state develops a SHSP, or Strategic Highway Safety Plan. She encouraged advocates in all states "to dig deeper" into local Department of Transportation coffers to find out how to access the federal safety funds for Safe Routes to School plans as well as how the money can assist school bus transportation.
Some other examples of eligible projects include the installation and maintenance of signs at pedestrian-bicycle crossings and in school zones; improvement of pedestrian or bicyclist safety or for the safety of persons with disabilities; transportation safety planning; and construction and operational improvements on high-risk rural roads.
|Last Updated on Thursday, 21 October 2010 08:39|