Increase Funding and Obligation Rates
It is the number one priority of the Network to work with Caltrans and partners across the state towards improving award, obligation and encumbrance rates. It is critical to see Safe Routes to School funds, once awarded, implemented in a timely manner (obligation rates).In 2011, the network announced the goal of seeing 100% obligation of all Federal Safe Routes to School funds by September 2012 and that goal was accomplished! We applaud Caltrans and our partners around the state for their great work in 2012.
There is great demand and needs for these funds, currently only one out of every five applications for Caltrans Safe Routes to School is funded. It’s important to note, Safe Routes to School dollars are not the only source of transportation funds to make improvements to support walkable and bikeable communities. As such, the network works to foster dialogue, training opportunities and awareness about other sources of funds that the state and communities can use to improve access and safety (HSIP, TE, CMAQ, ARRA and more).
Policy Leads/Action Teams:
- Safe Route to Schools Technical Assistance Resource Center (Staffers: Kristin Haukom, Justine Hearn, Patti Horsley, and Victoria Custodio)
- Manal J Aboelata, Prevention Institute
- Gail Carlson Safe Routes To School Program, Riverside County Department of Public Health
- David Cohen, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
- Dawn Foster, Caltrans SRTS Coordinator
- Rebecca Hansen, County of Riverside Public Health
- Jennifer Hernandez, Cultivo Consulting
- Deb Hubsmith, Safe Routes to School National Partnership
- Alison Kendall, Kendall Planning + Design
- Jenel Lim, County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency
- Leah Ostenberg, WalkSanDiego
- Kevin Minne, City of Los Angeles
- Karla Perez-Cordero, TransForm–Alameda County Safe Routes to Schools Program
- Mikaela Randolph, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
- Carlos Rios, City ofLos Angeles
- Marisela Romero Pineda, Safe Routes to Schools Technical Assistance Resource Center
- Kara Sergile, Parent and SRTS leader at R.D. White Elementary in Glendale
- Sam Shelton, Solano Transportation Authority
- Stephanie Smith, Safe Routes to Schools National Partnership
- Alan Thompson, Southern California Association of Governments
- Ana Validzic, San Francisco Department of Public Health
- Jeanie Ward-Waller, Safe Routes to School National Partnership
- Cesca Wright, Cities Counties and Schools (CCS) Partnership
- Reports for June State Network Meeting Red Flagged Agencies and SRTS Complete Project Listing-no obligation
- Key Steps in the Federal Aid Process and Flow Chart of processes from proposal to implementation
- Caltrans SRTS Delivery Charts – obligation rates as of 5/31/11
- Caltrans Report – Obligation status by agency and sortable excel doc, sort by column O to see agencies that have not obligated their Federal SRTS funds as of March 2011
- National Partnership State of the States Report – March 2011 - California 50% obligation of SRTS Federal Funds
1) Work with Caltrans and the SRTS Technical Assistance Resource Center (TARC) to ensure that SRTS and SR2S grants awarded are awarded and obligated/encumbered to insure infrastructure and program implementation in a timely manner.
2) Increase awareness on the types of funding resources that are available to local jurisdictions to support increasing transportation investments and allocations that support walkable and bikeable communities. Encourage Caltrans and other agencies to provide trainings for SRTS network partners on how to access funds such HSIP, TE and others, and ensure that guidelines support active transportation.
3) Ensure that the SRTS and SR2S programs, and the SRTS Technical Assistance Resource Center continue to provide an increasing focus on serving low-income communities and personal safety, including inner city communities and rural areas.
4) Work on climate strategies for CA including SB375 implementation, and promote how greenhouse gas emissions targets could result in more transportation funding benefiting SRTS goals and serving equity concerns.