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as part of reauthorization of federal transportation programs.
From National Center for Bicycling & Walking
Section 1404. Safe Routes to School Program
Funding allocated to the Safe Routes to School Program:
The amount apportioned to each State shall be administered by the State's DOT. No State shall receive less than $1M per fiscal year. USDOT gets up to $3M per year to administer the program (note: this is to cover the cost of the clearinghouse and task force, too).
Eligible recipients: State, local, and regional agencies, and nonprofit organizations.
Eligible projects and activities: planning, design, and construction of infrastructure- related projects that will substantially improve the ability of students to walk and bicycle to school, on any public road or any bicycle or pedestrian pathway or trail within approximately 2 miles of a primary or middle school; and noninfrastructure- related activities to encourage walking and bicycling to school, including public awareness campaigns and outreach to press and community leaders, traffic education and enforcement, student training, and funding for training, volunteers, and managers of SR2S programs.
Allocation: not less that 10% and not more than 30% shall be used by a State for noninfrastructure-related activities.
Each State shall use a portion of its funds for a full-time State SR2S program coordinator.
The USDOT shall make grants to a national nonprofit organization to operate a SR2S clearinghouse.
The USDOT shall establish a national SR2S task force to study and develop a strategy for advancing SR2S program nationwide (and they'd better get a move on it because the Secretary is supposed to report the results to the study to the Congress by March 31, 2006!).
The Federal share of the cost of a project or activity shall be 100%. The program applies to primary and middle schools (K-8).
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