The Safe Routes to School National Partnership has created a MAP-21 Resource Center to ensure you have the best information on the new federal transportation bill.
Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) is the new federal transportation bill which changes Safe Routes to School and pedestrian and bicycle funding as we know it. Under this new funding, Safe Routes to School is no longer a separate program with its own grant process. Transportation Enhancements, which builds many of the bike lanes and sidewalks in our communities is also no longer a separate program.
There is a new program called Transportation Alternatives (TA). Under TA, there may be competitive grant process at the state level or states can use the money for any road use. There is also a new competitive grant process at the Metropolitan Planning Board (MPO) level. For the Greater Washington Region, the MPO is the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB) which is staffed by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG). We do not have final details on how this would work in Greater Washington at the TPB but if a competitive grant process is held, we want to see Safe Routes to School and bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure prioritized.
Check out the MAP-21 Resource Center for more information on how to make walking and bicycling as a priority under the new funding streams.