The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) released a call for projects today for the Safe Routes to School Funding (SRTS) Cycle 2019. IDOT will be accepting applications from Monday, September 24, 2018 through Monday, November 19, 2018. The federal match for this cycle will reimburse 100% of project costs in order to make full use of remaining funds from the SAFETEA-LU legislation. Eligible project sponsors may be schools or school districts, political subdivisions (municipalities, cities, towns, etc.), Metropolitan Planning Organizations/Regional Planning Commissions, Councils of Government, Local and Regional Agencies (law enforcement agencies, health departments, etc.), and Non-Profit Organizations.

Overview: SRTS uses a multidisciplinary approach to improve conditions for walking and biking to school. The program has three main goals:

  • To enable and encourage children, including those with disabilities to walk and bicycle to school;
  • To make bicycling and walking to school a safer and more appealing transportation alternative, thereby encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle from an early age; and
  • To facilitate the planning, development and implementation of projects and activities that will improve safety and reduce traffic, fuel consumption, and air pollution in the vicinity (within 2 miles) of primary and middle schools (grades K-8).

Eligible infrastructure projects ($25,000-$200,000): sidewalk improvements, traffic calming/speed reduction improvements, traffic control devices, pedestrian and bicycle crossing improvements, on-street bicycle facilities, off-street bicycle facilities, and secure bicycle parking facilities.

Eligible non-infrastructure projects ($2,500-$50,000): events, equipment, and supplies that help address areas of education, enforcement, encouragement, and evaluation.

For more information, please visit the Illinois Safe Routes to School Program website.

Deadline: Monday, November 19, 2018

IDOT – Illinois Special Bridge Program

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) manages the Illinois Special Bridge Program (formerly known as Major Bridge program). This program is for existing deficient bridges that carry a highway. The total project cost for all engineering, utilities, land acquisition, and construction costs (including minimal approach work) must total a minimum of $1,000,000 for program applicants. The Major Bridge Program provides funding only for construction and construction engineering, with a 80% federal and 20% local share. To learn more, click here.

Deadline: Friday, September 21, 2018


The Access to Transit Program is open to municipalities and counties that have completed, or are in the process of completing, a planning or implementation project through either the RTA’s Community Planning Program or CMAP’s LTA Program. This includes communities that have participated in corridor studies as a partner. Eligible projects must be able to demonstrate the ability to increase ridership, improve access to existing transit services and contribute to reduced vehicle emissions. Examples of eligible projects include: ADA accessibility improvements, bus stop infrastructure, pedestrian signal heads, sidewalk connections, crosswalks, bicycle infrastructure, rail station warming shelters, and wayfinding signage. Projects must be no greater than $1 million and no less than $150,000 to be eligible.

For more information, please visit the Access to Transit Program website.

Deadline: Friday, August 31, 2018