Texas Bicycle Coalition
Frequently Asked Questions
about Safe Routes to School
are some of the frequently asked question and the best answers
we have as of this date.
Routes to School is more than just facilities,
why is this web site so facilities oriented?
do I get my money?
does the money come from?
can I get help in developing my project
doesn't seem to have standards for traffic calming, can I do
those kinds of projects?
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
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.
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
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