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Frequently Asked Questions
about Safe Routes to School


Here are some of the frequently asked question and the best answers we have as of this date.

  • Safe Routes to School is more than just facilities, why is this web site so facilities oriented?
  • When do I get my money?
  • Where does the money come from?
  • Where can I get help in developing my project proposal?
  • TxDOT doesn't seem to have standards for traffic calming, can I do those kinds of projects?
  • How do the matching funds work?
  • Safe Routes to School is more than just facilities, why is this web site so facilities oriented? It has taken over a year to get the rules written for the Texas Administrative Code so the Safe Routes Program can be funded. Our time frame is very short for this first call for projects so we expect many school communties to concentrate on the single most important facilities project to meet the deadlines. Hopefully communities across the state will also follow through with a comprehensive Safe Routes to School program as time is available.

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  • When do I get my money? The Safe Routes to School program is not an outright grant program. It is a reimbursement program. You must complete the project and then submit your bills for reimbursement. Expect to wait a minimum of 60 days after you submit your bills before you receive your money.If your project is "on-system," TxDOT will probably do the contract letting and this reimbursement issue may not be a problem.

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  • Where does the money come from? The money is currently committed to be available in the Federal Transportation Enhancement fund which equals 10% of all the Federal money that Texas receives for Surface Transportation projects (STP). Safe Routes to School projects are expected to receive a total of $3 million in the first call. It is not clear when or if other calls will be made.

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  • Where can I get help in developing my project proposal? The first place to look is in the Tool Kit on this web site. After that, Each TxDOT District office has a Traffic Safety Specialist that is tasked with keeping the transportation system safe for all users. If you do not get the help you think you need contact the Texas Bicycle Coalition from the contact page.

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  • TxDOT doesn't seem to have standards for traffic calming, can I do those kinds of projects? TxDOT does not have their own standards for Traffic Calming because traffic calming is not allowed on the state roadway system. However, for off-system roadways, (county and city) TxDOT would go by the standards listed on page 1-9 for "Off-System Roadway Improvements" in the Safe Routes to School Manual. These standards are included in the AASHTO Policy on Geometric Design of the Highways and Streets" (this does not have anything on Speed Humps) and the Texas MUTCD (includes the required signing and markings for traffic calming devices). For traffic calming improvements not included in this manual, the ITE report on Traffic Calming is a good guide. There will not be any problems with a traffic calming project being approved on an off-system roadway as long as they can show that they are following appropriate design standards for the feature.

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  • How do the matching funds work? The Transportation Enhancement program requires the local entity to provide 20% of the funding for projects. Some of this can be in-kind such as real property, materials or engineering but normally it will have to be in cash and committed by the City or County that is sponsoring the project. If the project is "on-system" then TxDOT will provide the 20% match and also handle the construction letting. Details are available in the project manual.

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