Safe Routes to School (SRTS): The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) manages the SRTS program. This program is assist students who walk or bike to school and 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.
- 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 two miles) of both public and private primary and middle schools (grades K-8).
SRTS funds both infrastructure improvements to the physical environment as well as non-infrastructure projects. Eligible project sponsors include schools and school districts, governmental entities and non-profit organizations. Projects may be organized on a variety of jurisdictional levels. The maximum federal share is 80% with a 20% local share. Click here to learn more. This program will begin accepting applications Monday, September 24, 2018 through Monday, November 19, 2018. Projects will be funded at 100% with no local match required for the FY2019 cycle.