The SRTS program provides funding to facilitate the development and implementation of projects and activities that enable and encourage children to walk or bike to school.
This program is funded at $4 million annually for projects in 5 categories: Engineering, Encouragement, Education, Enforcement and Evaluation. Funds are available for:
- Infrastructure projects within two miles of schools serving K-8 students. ODOT will reimburse up to 100% of eligible costs for all phases, including preliminary engineering, detailed design, right-of-way, construction, and construction engineering. Project limit: $400,000.
- Non-infrastructure activities such as education, encouragement, enforcement or evaluation. Non-infrastructure funding may be requested for assistance with the development of plans. ODOT will reimburse up to 100% of eligible costs for items such as training and materials, program supplies, small safety and education incentives, and public awareness campaigns. Project limit: $60,000.
Eligible applicants are community governments, individual schools or school systems. Infrastructure projects must be sponsored by a local governmental agency. Applicants must:
- Have Student and Crash 2-mile Radius Maps developed.
- Document current student travel methods and challenges to walking/biking
- Have identified projects as priorities within a School Travel Plan (STP), Active Transportation Plan (ATP), or equivalent
- Have their ODOT District SRTS Coordinator review project, budget and application.
ODOT will provide funds on a competitive basis to applicants requesting planning assistance, or who have identified projects within a plan. Applications and detailed instructions will be available through ODOT’s SRTS website. Applications are typically open from early January to early March.
Projects will be largely selected based on their ability to demonstrate: (1) improved connectivity, (2) improved safety, (3) demand (majority of students live within 2 miles of school), and (3) need (i.e. free/reduced lunch rates, low vehicle ownership). Additionally, projects will be reviewed for accurate cost estimates, program sustainability, and overall community commitment to implementing the project.