Title: Safe Routes to School (SRTS) School Travel Plan in the City of Cleveland
SRTS Program History/Background: The goal of Ohio's Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program is to assist communities in developing and implementing projects and programs that encourage and enable children in grades K-8, including those with disabilities to walk or bike to school safely. The ODOT SRTS program is funded through a set aside of federal Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) funding. Successful SRTS programs include an integrated approach that addresses all 5 E’s (engineering, education, enforcement, encouragement and evaluation) of the program. Local and regional governments, schools and community organizations ready, willing and able to implement SRTS initiatives are eligible to apply for funding. Funding is reimbursable and may be awarded at 100 percent. Ohio requires communities to develop a School Travel Plan. Funding is also available for planning activities (Safe Routes to Schools).
Sponsor: City of Cleveland
Estimated Total Cost: $200,000
Proposed Source of Federal Funds: ODOT and NOACA TAP funds
CUY CLEVELAND METROPOLITAN SCHOOL DISTRICT (CMSD) DISTRICT-WIDE SRTS SCHOOL TRAVEL PLAN – This project involves the development of a district-wide Safe Routes to School "school travel plan" (STP) for all 70 kindergarten through 8th grade schools in the CMSD. The STP will outline the City’s intentions for enabling students to engage in active transportation (i.e. walking or bicycling) as they travel to and from school. The STP will assist in improving walking and bicycling conditions for students, including strategies for promoting and encouraging active transportation to school. The STP will be created through a team-based approach that involves key community stakeholders and members of the public in both identifying barriers to active transportation and countermeasures to address them.
The project’s estimated total cost is $200,000. The sponsor is applying for $100,000 of Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) TAP SRTS funds, which would be available to be spent at a rate of 100 percent. Applicants for this funding will be notified in May 2014. The sponsor requests $80,000 be funded with NOACA-administered TAP funds. The sponsor will provide $20,000.
Staff Comment (Summary):
• This project is consistent with NOACA's Connections+ 2035 Plan Goal #3 (Preserve and Improve the Efficiency of the Transportation System), #4 (Establish a Balanced System which Enhances Modal Choices) and #10 (Foster Improvement in the Quality of Life).
• NOACA's TAP funds are programmed through SFY 2019. If this proposed project is approved, it will be amended to NOACA's Long Range Transportation Plan.
• Recommended for funding through the NOACA SFY 2015 Transportation for Livable Communities Initiative (TLCI) program.
• Recommend committee and public review in order to obtain comments.
Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Council (BPAC):
• The BPAC supports this project.
• The Transit Council supports this project. It will further develop an environment that is safer for school-aged children to walk or bike to school, lessening dependence on vehicles. The Transit Council is highly supportive of projects that derive from multimodal planning efforts.
• No comments; recommended for Planning and Programming Committee review.
Planning and Programming Committee:
• No comments; recommended for Executive Committee review.
• No comments; recommended for Board of Directors review.
Intergovernmental Review and Consultation (IGRC):