Safe Routes to School Program
CSFA Number: 494-00-1002
Agency Name
Department Of Transportation (494)
Agency Contact
Todd Smith
217-785-8643
DOT.SAFEROUTES@illinois.gov
Short Description
The program has three main goals:
• To enable and encourage children, including those with disabilities, to walk and bicycle to school.
• To make bicycling and walking to school a safer and more appealing transportation alternative, thereby encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle from an early age.
• To facilitate the planning, development, and implementation of projects and activities that will improve safety and reduce traffic, fuel consumption, and air pollution in the vicinity (within two miles) of both public and private primary and middle schools (grades K-8).
Subject Area
Public Safety
Program Function
Transportation
Enabling Legislation
Federal transportation legislation, initially in 2005, and continued through Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) passed in 2012 making Safe Routes to School (SRTS) activities eligible to compete for funding alongside other programs, including the Transportation Enhancements program and Recreational Trails program, as part of a new program called Transportation Alternatives Program, and this continued under the FAST Act
Objectives and Goals
SRTS programs can help reverse the dangerous downward trend in physical activity levels among children. Walking and bicycling to and from school can contribute towards the development of a lifelong habit of incorporating physical activity into daily routines. Children who walk to school are more physically active overall than those who travel to school by car.

The program has three main goals:

•To enable and encourage children, including those with disabilities, to walk and bicycle to school.
•To make bicycling and walking to school a safer and more appealing transportation alternative, hereby encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle from an early age.
•To facilitate the planning, development, and implementation of projects and activities that will improve safety and reduce traffic, fuel consumption, and air pollution in the vicinity (within two miles) of both public and private primary and middle schools (grades K-8).
Types of Assistance
Project Grants
Uses and Restrictions
-Infrastructure-related projects include the planning, design, and construction of infrastructure-related items within 2 miles of a school (K-8) that will substantially improve the ability of students to walk and bicycle to school (K-8). (maximum award per project = $200,000 (100% federal funding for projects awarded in 2019)
-Non-infrastructure-related projects are intended to address activities to encourage walking and bicycling to school (grades K-8), including public awareness campaigns, traffic education and enforcement within 2 miles of a school(s), and student sessions on bicycle and pedestrian safety, health and environment. (maximum award per project = $50,000 (100% federal funding for projects awarded in 2019).
Eligibility Requirements
Municipality, county, township, or park district demonstrating the absence or deficiency of safe routes for students (grades K-8) to walk and/or bicycle to school; or same entities demonstrating the need for public awareness campaigns that provide public education and enforcement relative to providing bicycle and pedestrian safety activities/training for students (grades K-8)
Eligible Applicants
Government Organizations; Other; Education Organizations;
Application and Award Processing
When applications are solicited, applicants are given several weeks to submit detailed applications. Once the deadline for application submittals has been reached, a multi-disciplined team of staff members, including representatives from FHWA, evaluate the applications and rank them according to most applicable to meeting program goals. An effort is made to distribute projects across the state, with a larger number of projects being awarded for the Chicagoland area (IDOT District 1) and with a goal of awarding at least one project in each of the other 8 IDOT districts, all within the available funding limits for the program for each solicitation.
Assistance Consideration
For the 2019 funding cycle, awards will be granted using reimbursable 100% federal funds.
Regulations, Guidelines, Literature
http://www.idot.illinois.gov/transportation-system/local-transportation-partners/county-engineers-and-local-public-agencies/safe-routes-to-school/index
Funding By Fiscal Year
FY 2017 : $3,000,000
FY 2018 : $8,354,000
FY 2019 : $6,000,000
FY 2020 : $3,000,000
FY 2021 : $3,000,000
Federal Funding
Notice of Funding Opportunities
Agency IDAward RangeApplication Range
Details19-1002-01$2500 - $20000009/24/2018 - 11/19/2018 : 5:00 PM
Agency IDGrantee NameStart DateEnd DateAmount
AL15317 (CRTS-011-3802)Village of Prairie du Rocher03/31/201503/29/2022353,814
AL15325 (CRTS-011-3824)VILLAGE OF SMITHTON ILLINOIS03/09/201503/07/2022307,100
AL15318 (CRTS-011-3660)VILLAGE OF SOUTH ROXANA03/16/201503/14/2022290,594
AL15001 (CRTS-011-3603)BRAIDWOOD CITY OF06/25/201406/23/2021250,000
AL15311 (CRTS-011-3872)VILLAGE OF MATTESON03/12/201503/10/2022250,000