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Safe Routes To School

two pictures: pedestrians in crosswalk and crossing guard in crosswalkThe Safe Routes to School Program (SRTS) is funded through the Federal Highway Administration’s Federal Aid Program and is being administered by the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), in partnership with the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA).

The fiscal year 2022 SRTS awards were announced in May 2022. The NJDOT press release is available here. Of the 31 grants awarded statewide, 22 grants totalling to $13.8 million were awarded to local governments in the NJTPA region. A list of the NJTPA awards are here. Project details and status can be found on the NJTPA NOTIS site.

Additional information can be found at the NJDOT Local Aid Resource Center site here.

The objectives of the SRTS Program are:

  • 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 development and implementation of projects and activities that will improve safety and reduce traffic, fuel consumption, and air pollution in the vicinity of New Jersey’s primary and middle schools (Grades K-8). The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) expanded the program for fiscal year 2024 to include high schools as well. 

pedestrians crossing the streetProjects must be located within two miles of a school that serves students in grades K-12. Infrastructure projects may include the installation of sidewalks, crosswalks, bike lanes, multi-use paths, traffic calming measures, and other means to ensure the ease and safety of children walking or biking to school.

Any municipality, school district, or county is eligible to apply for funding after a solicitation is announced. Non-profit organizations are not eligible as direct grant recipients for the solicitation. However, non-profit organizations may partner with a local public agency that will assume responsibility and administration for the grant.

Additional information on the SRTS Program is available here.

For questions regarding this program, please contact:

Sascha Frimpong
Manager, Local Program
[email protected]