1 OREGON SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAM OVERVIEW LeeAnne Fergason Safe Routes to School Program Manager Oregon Department of Transportation
3 Overview What is Safe Routes to School? What is the SRTS Infrastructure Program? Tips for developing a good proposal Project Samples Questions and answers
4 What is Safe Routes to School?
5 The 6 E s of SRTS Education Encouragement Enforcement Evaluation Equity Engineering
6 ODOT Safe Routes to school Non- Infrastructure Program Program details Call for applications: May/June K annually now, 1M annually in 2020 School districts, local agencies, community-based organizations may apply Heidi Manlove, ODOT- SRTS Non- Infrastructure Program Manager, Transportation Safety Division,
8 SRTS Infrastructure Program Overview
9 10M annually, increasing to 15M in 2023 COMPETITIVE GRANT PROGRAM: The majority of the funds, 87.5 percent or greater, will used in a competition to build street safety projects to reduce barriers and hazards for children walking or bicycling to or from schools. Competitive Rapid Response Project Identification RAPID RESPONSE GRANT PROGRAM: PROJECT IDENTIFICARTION GRANT PROGRAM: Up to 10 percent of funds will be used for urgent needs or systemic safety issues that occur in between Competitive Program Grant cycles. Up to 2.5 percent of funds will be used by ODOT to help communities identify projects to reduce barriers and hazards for children walking or bicycling to and from school and that will lead to eventual construction.
11 Money continued Min/Max Competitive Program Rapid Response Program Project Identification Program Minimum funding request = $60K Maximum funding request= $2M Minimum funding request= N/A Maximum project request= $500K N/A
12 Rapid Response Spring 2019 Same eligibility as Competitive, plus immediate need and immediate opportunity First come first serve Prioritize underserved communities Program Details Project Identification Program Spring 2019 Workshop to create SRTS Infrastructure Plan First come first serve Prioritize underserved communities Competitive Program Stay tuned
13 Competitive Grant Program Details 1 st cycle Eligibility Match Project Selection Project Delivery
14 Competitive Grant Program Timeline 1 st Cycle July 23, 2018: Solicitation Starts August 31, 2018: Letter of Intent Due October 15, 2018: Application due $16M October-November: Staff review December 2018 January 2019: SRTS Advisory Committee makes recommendation February 21, 2019: Project list is presented to the Oregon Transportation Commission March : Agreements signed and projects built.
15 Eligibility: Who can apply? Cities Counties ODOT Tribes Transit Districts Other Road Authorities
16 Project Proposal Eligibility Affect ability of kids to walk and bike to school Support of the School District or School Proximity to Schoolwith in 1 mile Ability to leverage- has match Meets Focus Area Criteria for this round: Title I school On a public road right of way Fit within a plan Safety- provide a safety benefit
17 Project Selection Steps 1) Criteria selection for project prioritization 2) Criteria review 3) Letter of intent and application process 4) Initial technical and priority criteria score 5) Committee workshop to rank projects 6) Final approval 7) Notification and contract signed
18 Application and LOI LOI Confirms eligibility High level problem, solution, project descriptions Applicant and school info How much? Application LOI info plus: Project and school specifics Safety information Cost estimate and timeline Match information Map, photos, and support letters Signature page
19 Project Selection Evaluation High, Medium, Low Priorities Determined each funding cycle by the SRAC Targets for program Balance of projects outside of MPO Balance of projects near Title I Schools
20 Weighing Priorities High Priority Medium Priorities Title I Schools Safety Risk Factors Elementary/Middle schools Readiness Proximity to School Mutual Benefit Low Priorities Connection to Education and Encouragement Programs
21 Project Delivery High level guidance: Reimbursement grant Monthly progress reports Competed in 5 years Begin to expend funds ASAP, at least by 2 years Highly encouraged to incorporate encouragement programs