Safe Routes to School National Partnership – Federal Update

There is alot happening at the Federal level regarding Transportation.  Here’s is a update provided by the National Partnership staffer Margo Pedroso who is based in Washington DC.  Thanks Margo!

Extension:

  • This week, the U.S. House of Representatives is considering a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the federal government for the remainder of fiscal year 2011.  It is making big cuts to many programs across the government, about $60 billion below last year’s spending levels.
  • The House is also taking up an extension to SAFETEA-LU that would extend all programs at FY2010 levels through the remainder of FY2011 (until September 30, 2011).  We hope that this will pass so that state DOTs have more certainty about their funding for the rest of the fiscal year. Stay tuned – this process is just beginning.  The current extension expires on March 4.

President’s Budget:

  • The President’s proposed budget for FY2012 was released on Monday.  The budget included the President’s proposed transportation reauthorization proposal—with $550 billion in proposed spending and a major reworking of programs.  The Safe Routes to School program and 4 other programs are consolidated into a new livability grant program totaling $4.1 billion in FY2012.  The Safe Routes to School National Partnership and other advocacy leaders are hard at work to ensure SRTS is well represented within the details of the proposal.
  • Congress must still act on transportation before any of these proposals become law, but should a consolidation like this happen the Safe Routes to School National Partnership State Networks (there are 20 of them, including this one for California) will be even more important to ensure that SRTS projects are prioritized by state DOTs within the livability funds.

One Response to Safe Routes to School National Partnership – Federal Update

  1. Pingback: So Cal Safe Routes to School – Regional Network, Feb mtg « Safe Routes to School in California

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