Increase Funding and Obligation Rates

California State and Federal Funding (all cycles included)

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

Important Documents:

Goals:

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.

10 Responses to Increase Funding and Obligation Rates

  1. Pingback: State Network – June Agenda « Safe Routes to School in California

  2. Pingback: January Meeting: California State Network « Safe Routes to School in California

  3. Pingback: California State Network – Obligation and Funding Action Team Meeting « Safe Routes to School in California

  4. Pingback: April Meeting – Southern California Network « Safe Routes to School in California

  5. Pingback: California Working to Obligate Safe Routes to School Funds « Safe Routes to School in California

  6. Pingback: State Action Team Meeting – SRTS Funding and Obligation in CA « Safe Routes to School in California

  7. Pingback: May Meeting – Southern California Network « Safe Routes to School in California

  8. Pingback: June Southern California Network Meeting « Safe Routes to School in California

  9. Pingback: SRTS Funding and Obligation Action Team Meeting – Aug 10 « Safe Routes to School in California

  10. Pingback: SRTS Funding and Obligation Action Team Meeting – Aug 10 « District 3 Local Assistance Blog

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